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Jarvis Williams, former NFL safety, shot by stray bullet

8/29/2005

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Former NFL safety Jarvis Williams was
in stable condition Monday after he was shot in the back early
Sunday in a nightclub parking lot.
Williams, a former Florida player who spent 1988-93 with the
Miami Dolphins and finished his NFL career in 1994 with the New
York Giants, was running to safety when he was hit in the back,
said Mary Justino, the Clay County Sheriff's office spokeswoman.
"He was not the intended victim," Justino said. "He pretty
much got hit by a stray bullet."
The 40-year-old Williams was taken to Shands Jacksonville with a
collapsed lung after the bullet went into his back, through his
lung and lodged in his shoulder, Justino said.
James Poitier had been fighting with two other men in the
parking lot when he brandished the weapon and shot Williams,
Justino said.
After initially fleeing the scene, Poitier turned himself in
later Sunday. He was charged with aggravated assault and was being
held Monday at Clay County Jail.