University of Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw won’t be charged with domestic violence after he sprained both ankles jumping from a balcony after arguing with his girlfriend, authorities said.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office concluded last week that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
Shaw, who had been elected a team captain, was suspended indefinitely from the Trojans this summer after acknowledging he lied about the incident. He claimed he was hurt jumping from a balcony in Palmdale to rescue a nephew who was drowning in a pool.
Actually, Shaw and his live-in girlfriend got into a "heated argument" at their downtown Los Angeles apartment the night of Aug. 23, according to a DA’s charge evaluation worksheet.
The woman threw a lamp to the floor, damaging it, and left the apartment, and Shaw went onto the balcony "to calm himself," according to the report.
Neighbors who heard screams during the argument called 911 and when Shaw saw police arriving he panicked and ran along the balcony, the report said.
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