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Sunday, October 13
 
Fizer arrested after loaded gun found in vehicle

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls forward Marcus Fizer was charged with having a loaded gun in his car and driving with a suspended license early Sunday morning.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Wayne Winterberg said Fizer was pulled over just after 2 a.m. for having illegal tinted windows on his sport-utility vehicle.

Police then found Fizer was driving with a suspended license. While preparing to tow his car, police searched it and found a .40-caliber gun, Winterberg said.

Fizer appeared before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Mary Brosnahan, who set bond at $5,000, said Marcy Jensen, a spokesman for the Cook County state attorney. Jensen said that Fizer, released after posting bond, is due back in court Oct. 21.

"He is charged with having (the gun) in his car and readily accessible,'' Jensen said. ``He said he needed a gun for protection, according to prosecutors.''

The 24-year-old Fizer was drafted out of Iowa State fourth overall by the Bulls in 2000.

Team officials learned of the incident on Sunday but had not yet spoken to Fizer, Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said.

"It's premature to make a statement right now,'' he said. "I'm sure the Bulls and the NBA will be looking into this.''






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