A former Boise State University running back is dead after he was accused of stabbing a sheriff’s office deputy in Georgia.
Jack Darrel Fields Jr., 25, of El Paso, Texas, was shot and killed by a deputy on Thursday night at a Residence Inn, according to a press release by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Fields’ coach at Americas High School, Patrick Melton, confirmed to the Statesman that it was the same Fields who played at Boise State.
According to the release, Fields stabbed Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputy Stephan Psillos multiple times after law enforcement said he was resisting arrest in the hotel lobby. Authorities were called in for a “trouble with subject call,” the report said. Psillos shot and killed Fields. Psillos was taken to the hospital.
Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the Augusta Chronicle that Psillos is “expected to make a full recovery” after receiving wounds to his shoulder and scalp. Roundtree “doesn’t believe Psillos violated any policy when shooting the suspect,” though it was not his decision to make, as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now leading the case, the Chronicle said.
“It was a sad situation; you hate to see stuff like this with someone so young,” Augusta Coroner Mark Bowen told the Statesman.
An autopsy is scheduled to take place today, Bowen said.
Fields played at Boise State from 2012 to 2015.
In February 2015 while in a Boise State locker room, he hit teammate Rick Smith in the jaw, causing Smith to fall to the ground and hit his head, knocking him unconscious, according to previous Statesman reporting.
Smith’s family declined to press charges. Smith reportedly suffered a brain hemorrhage, a fractured skull and a swollen brain.
Former Boise State defensive lineman and teammate Elliot Hoyte told the Statesman that Fields was “selfless.”
“If you needed something done, he would be there. (He) always helped me around the house, if you needed to talk about something, he was there,” Hoyte said. “My wife texted me, I was just shocked ... (I) hadn’t seen him since he finished his degree. Always wish you could talk to someone until it’s too late.”
Jeremy McNichols, the former Boise State star now on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad, also expressed his shock. The running backs were teammates for two years.
“He was quiet, kept to himself, but those of us in that (running back) room were as close to him as anyone. He opened up a little more to us than everyone else. He would help me a lot with plays, keep my spirits up when I was down,” McNichols said. “I came into the locker room from practice (today) someone had sent me an article ... I was stunned for a couple minutes, had to read through it to believe it.”
Fields signed with Boise State in 2012. He was a three-time offensive MVP at Americas High School, where he rushed for 2,478 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. He played as a true freshman at Boise State but was primarily a special teams contributor during his career. He played in 47 games and rushed for 336 yards as a Bronco.
Fields was honored as a single-game captain for the 2015 Poinsettia Bowl, his last college game. One of his most memorable college plays was a key block on a 57-yard touchdown pass in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.
Breaking News editor Christina Lords contributed to this report.