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12 SEP 2015: Washington State Cougars safety Shalom Luani (18) during the game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Washington State Cougars played at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway,NJ.

Washington State’s Shalom Luani arrested on assault charge

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According to a report from Chase Goodbread of College Football 24/7, Washington State safety Shalom Luani was arrested early Wednesday morning on a second-degree assault charge.

Luani reportedly became upset that his order at Domino’s Pizza in Pullman was taking too long. The restaurant asked him to leave, but he subsequently got into a physical altercation with another customer. According to Pullman police, Luani refused to accept a refund when offered and struck a 20-year-old man with an open hand. The fight carried on outside the restaurant and police spokesperson Chris Tennant says the victim suffered a broken nose.

Alcohol was reportedly a factor in the incident and Luani was released by police later on in the morning. Going forward, a prosecutor will now be forced to determine whether or not to file formal charges against him.

It is also worth noting that second-degree assault is a felony.

The senior safety notably served as a starter for the Cougars last season and went on to record 67 tackles to go along with four interceptions – one of which was returned for a touchdown – and six passes defensed. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2015-2016 as well.

Washington State finished 9-4 last season under head coach Mike Leach, good for third place in the Pac-12 North. They toppled the Miami Hurricanes 20-14 in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, a game in which Luani picked off a pass. The Cougars are currently on the outside looking in on the preseason AP top 25, though the program did receive strong consideration.

Washington State’s Shalom Luani arrested on assault charge

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