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Cougar starting safety Shalom Luani arrested after incident; report says he allegedly broke a man's nose

WASHINGTON STATE starting senior safety Shalom Luani was arrested early Wednesday morning after an incident at Domino’s Pizza in Pullman, according to Pullman police logs.

The PPD log entry:

16-P08120 Citizen Dispute  01:41:27 08/24/16 Matt Burkett    ACT
People physically fighting. Officers responded. ARRESTED: LUANI, SHALOM L.

Washington State SID Bill Stevens when contacted by CF.C said WSU does not comment on team matters. reports Luani was arrested and released for second-degree felony assault for allegedly breaking a man’s nose.

"Pullman Police say 22 year old Shalom Luani became verbally abusive in the packed pizzeria because his order was taking too long.  The manager reportedly told Luani that he could have his money back but he continued to act disorderly.  Several people asked him to leave including a 20 year old WSU student who was allegedly struck by Luani.  At that point the men went outside the Domino’s when Luani allegedly punched the man breaking his nose.  The victim went by private vehicle to Pullman Regional Hospital for treatment.  When Pullman Police arrived they found Luani on scene who was cooperative with officers.  He was arrested and then released for felony second degree assault.  Officers say alcohol was involved," reads the article.

Luani, the Cougs' starting free safety, posted 90 tackles and a team-high four interceptions last season. He is a Pac-12 postseason honors candidate and squarely in the conversation as to the Cougs’ best defensive player. 

BACKING UP LUANI this fall camp at free safety have primarily been senior walk on Willie Roach and second-year sophomore Hunter Dale.  The two "have been really slugging it out all camp long to find that spot behind Luani," says CF.C beat writer Skyler Cracraft.

However, junior Robert Taylor is also an option at safety. Taylor, who came to WSU this summer out of junior college, started fall camp at safety and then moved to corner, where he has been competing for a starting job with Treshon Broughton. Fourth-year junior Charleston White is also an option - he is competing at the strong safety position with projected starter Jalen Thompson.

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