Jeray Chatham was a key member of Oklahoma State’s defensive lineman from 2005 to 2008. As just a freshman he saw the field in eight games, and it only went up from there as he played in at least 11 games each of his last three years. He recorded a total of 39 tackles in his career with the Cowboys; including eight tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.
On Tuesday he was killed in Texas following an altercation where he lunged at a police officer with a butcher knife.
According to statement by Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant C. Collier, just before 7:00 pm a woman called 911 claiming that Chatham was following her in his car, and that she had a protective order against Chatham. The woman pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store, but at police arrived, Chatham left the scene.
A short time later, Chatham returned to the scene, and got out of his car wielding a butcher knife where officers then confronted him.
Collier said a deputy fired a Taser at Chatham but said it was ineffective. Chatham allegedly then ran into a nearby apartment complex, jumped into the patio area of one apartment and stripped down to his underwear, Collier said.
When a deputy pursued him, Chatham ran around a corner and allegedly lunged at the officer after he rounded the corner. The deputy then shot Chatham twice and he died at the complex.
At 30 years old it’s a tragic and troubled end to what could have been a promising life. Chatham’s father told reporters that his son was a “gentle giant”, and that he “didn’t deserve this”.