- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

1:10 p.m.

Former National Basketball Association player Lonny Baxter was arrested by uniformed Secret Service agents today after shots were fired from a vehicle about two blocks from the White House.

Baxter, who played with the Charlotte Bobcats last season, was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. after a witness flagged down a Secret Service agent and reported shots fired from a white sport utility vehicle, said Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren.

Officers stopped the vehicle, which Baxter was driving, near the intersection of 17th and I streets Northwest.

“There were spent shell casings in plain view inside the vehicle,” Mr. Zahren said. Officers also recovered a handgun.

Both Baxter, 27, and the vehicle’s passenger, 35-year-old Irvin Martin, were charged with carrying a pistol without a license and other firearms charges. It wasn’t immediately clear why they reportedly were firing the gun.

“We’re not sure at this point,” Mr. Zahren said. “There may be some subsequent charges if we discover some additional information.”

The two suspects are being held by District police.

Bobcats spokesman Scott Leightman said Baxter is no longer with the team. “His contract ran out, and we opted not to re-sign him,” Mr. Leightman said.

Baxter signed a one-year deal earlier this month with the Italian team Montepaschi Siena.

Baxter starred at Maryland before being drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft. The Silver Spring native also played briefly for the Wizards.

He joined the Bobcats in the middle of last season in a trade with Houston.

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