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Star player for USM Golden Eagles arrested for discharging firearm

HATTIESBURG, MISS (WDAM) -  The all time leading rusher for The University of Southern Mississippi has been arrested and charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

Damien Fletcher, 21, along with Brennan Houston, 22, were arrested Sunday night at their apartment complex on North 38th Avenue in Hattiesburg.

Police were responding to calls of gunshots coming from the apartment complex which houses most USM athletes, including football and basketball players. Fletcher was charged with discharging a firearm inside the city limits, and houston was charged with possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

Fletcher has been the starting running back for the Golden Eagles for the last three years, amassing over 4,000 yards. He won the Conerly Award in 2007 as the state's best football player. He has another season to play.

Houston, who also has another year to play, was a backup offensive lineman last season.

Head Football Coach Larry Fedora issued a statement late today (Monday) saying, "I have been made aware of the situation and am gathering all the facts. After all the facts are in, I then will make my decision pending the legal process on any action that I feel appropriate."

Athlete Director Richard Giannini said, "We take this incident seriously and are thoroughly investigating the issue. We will take the necessary disciplinary action when the review is completed."

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