Pittsburgh police issue arrest warrant for Toronto Argonauts linebacker

Jeffrey Ali Knox Jr. is wanted on several charges, including attempted homicide, after two men were injured in a shooting on Oct. 23, police say.

Charges stem from an Oct. 23 shooting in which 2 men were injured, police say

Jeffrey Ali Knox Jr., 28, wanted by Pittsburgh police, is pictured here in 2016 when he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

Pittsburgh police have issued an arrest warrant for a Toronto Argonauts linebacker.

Jeffrey Ali Knox Jr., 28, is wanted on two counts of attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of carrying a firearm without a licence. Other charges on the warrant include one count of not to possess, use, manufacture or control a firearm and one count of recklessly endangering another person.

The charges stem from an Oct. 23 shooting in the South Side Flats area of Pittsburgh in which two men were injured and hospitalized, said Cara Cruz, deputy public information officer for Pittsburgh Public Safety.

Cruz said the Pittsburgh Police department issued the arrest warrant on Friday.

According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, police and paramedics responded to what is called a "Shotspotter alert" and 911 calls about the shooting at about 11:50 p.m.

When police arrived at the scene at the intersection of E Carson and S 17th streets, police found two men with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital in stable but serious condition. 

The suspect fled in an unknown direction, police said. Officers closed the area after the shooting while they investigated. 

"The investigation is ongoing," Pittsburgh Public Safety said on its website.

Jeff Knox Jr., right, is shown during a CFL game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in September 2018 in Toronto. Police in his hometown of Pittsburgh have issued an arrest warrant for Knox in connection with a shooting on Oct. 23. (Jon Blacker/The Canadian Press)

Chris Balenovich, manager of communications for the Toronto Argonauts, said in a statement to CBC News on Sunday that the team was made aware of the charges against Knox on Saturday in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

"The club obviously takes these matters extremely seriously and each member of the organization fully understands the moral expectation and obligation that comes with the privilege of representing the Toronto Argonauts. At the same time, the club respects each person's right to a fair process," Balenovich said.

"In this case, the Toronto Argonauts will not determine any potential team-related consequences until the club has conducted all due diligence in this matter. The Argonauts will avoid further comment until such time."

Knox, not yet in custody, was born in Pittsburgh, according to the Argos roster.

He played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, starting in 2015, and was named West Division All-Star. He was also named Saskatchewan's Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Rookie that year.

Knox signed with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017 but was waived and returned to the Roughriders later that year. He also signed with NFL teams in Washington, D.C., and Tennessee before being waived. He then signed with the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks in 2019 and was released in January 2020.

He was a member of the Argonauts for the 2018 season before becoming a free agent, and then re-signed with the team in February 2020.