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Bills RB Lynch arrested on gun charge in Southern California

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Authorities say Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch has been arrested in Southern California on a weapons possession charge.

Marshawn Lynch, RB
Buffalo Bills

Age: 22
Height: 5-11  Weight: 215
College: California
Experience: 2 seasons

Culver City police said in a statement Sunday that Lynch was arrested after officers confronted him and two other men in a car and found a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

Lynch was arrested Wednesday for possession of a concealed firearm after officers determined the gun belonged to him. He was released that night on $35,000 bail.

Culver City police did not immediately return a phone message seeking information about why officers first confronted Lynch and his companions.

Lynch's lawyer, M. Gerald Schwartzbach, said his client was not involved in a traffic accident and was in California visiting friends.

"This incident did not involve any violence," Schwartzbach told NFL Network. "Although I am in the process of gathering facts, my current understanding is that the weapon wasn't on Marshawn's person, he was not driving. This weapon was in the trunk."

The Bills also released a statement acknowledging the arrest.

"We can confirm that Marshawn was arrested in California and has retained an attorney," Bills vice president of communications Scott Berchtold said in the statement. "We are in the process of trying to gather the facts and will not offer a comment while that process is ongoing."

The incident marks Lynch's second run-in with the law in the past year. Last summer, he was the subject of a hit-and-run investigation in Buffalo. Lynch paid a $100 fine in a plea agreement and wasn't punished by the NFL.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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