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Assault involving Griz football player remains under investigation

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MISSOULA - Police in Pullman, Wash. say they are still investigating an assault that involved a University of Montana football player over the weekend at a house party.

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins tells KPAX that they arrested Justin Strong on Saturday night for felony 2nd degree assault.

Strong maintains he acted in self-defense. In the booking report, Strong told police that he was breaking up a fight with 23-year-old Bradly Meyring at a house party.  

Strong said he was hit from behind and blamed Meyring. Police reported Strong had swelling to his right eye and a cut on his lip.  

Strong reported he left the party and encountered Meyring, who he said put up his fists. Strong said he hit Meyring in self-defense. Strong told police Meyring attempted to get up, but Strong hit him again. Police found Meyring bleeding heavily on the roadway.   

Meyring was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital and was later airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, with a fractured skull and hematoma.

Strong was arrested and booked into the Whitman County Jail in Colfax, Wash.  He was released on his own recognizance without bond on Monday.

The Whitman County Prosecutor's Office confirmed to MTN News that charges have not been filed against Strong at this time, pending the outcome of the Pullman Police Department’s investigation.

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