Chris Cook was arrested on sworn statement of neighbor

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has denied pulling a handgun and pointing it at a neighbor in an argument on Saturday, and Lynchburg, Va., police can’t shed much more light on the situation.

Capt. Ryan Zuidema of the Lynchburg police explained that the neighbor Cook argued with swore out a criminal complaint vs. Cook in front of a magistrate. With just that, police arrested Cook and charged him.

“Virginia works a little bit different than a lot of states in that private citizens in Virginia can go in front of a magistrate and actually swear out a criminal warrant against another citizen and in essence that's what happened in this situation," Zuidema told Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Basically the information that we know is there was some type of verbal argument between Mr. Cook and this other gentleman and that gentleman went in front of a magistrate here and swore out an arrest warrant against Mr. Cook, which our officers then served on Mr. Cook."

Now, Cook will have to wait for a court date. At that point, they will determine if he will be tried on the charges or if they will be dismissed.

“In Virginia, when you're arrested you're actually charged,” Zuidema said. “He has been charged with brandishing a firearm.”

As Scoggins reported earlier, Cook recently received a license to carry a concealed weapon.

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