Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts said his office is processing charges of disorderly conduct against University of Kentucky football players involved in an incident with an airsoft gun.
Roberts said second-degree disorderly conduct charges would be filed with the court "as soon as the judge signs them." No charges had been filed in Fayette District Court as of Tuesday night.
Under Kentucky law, second-degree disorderly conduct is a class B misdemeanor, covering such things as fighting, making loud noises or creating a hazardous condition. It is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.
Four freshmen football players were suspended Monday for this weekend's South Carolina game after they were identified in images captured by surveillance cameras Sunday night during a campus alert that followed reports of shots fired near the Kirwan/Blanding dorm complex.
The four are Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley Williams. They will sit out the South Carolina game and also will face internal team discipline.
During a news conference Tuesday, Coach Mark Stoops said the players were on the scout team this week. He said they realized they had made a mistake and were being held accountable, but he said he was "very disappointed."
"We have expectations, we have core values within our program," Stoops said. "We try to live by them each and every day. We understand that we're not perfect. Just like somebody within our family. We made a mistake, they're going to be held accountable and we'll move on."
Stoops said he had been cooperating with police throughout the investigation and knew that immature mistakes happen when dealing with 115 college-age kids.
According to UK, there were two reports of shots about 10 p.m. Sunday. University and city police searched the area but found no suspects.
UK officials said that they recovered an airsoft gun late Sunday near where the shots were reported and that surveillance images appeared to show someone discarding the gun.
Three guns that UK at the time identified as BB guns were recovered later, UK officials said.
Airsoft guns, often made of plastic to resemble real firearms, commonly shoot plastic bbs. Airsoft guns are generally sold with orange tips to distinguish them from firearms.
Roberts said Tuesday afternoon that he had discussed the case with UK officials.
"I advised them that disorderly conduct second degree would be appropriate," he said.
No one was injured in the incident.
The university has spent nearly $5 million on safety initiatives during the past year, including hundreds of safety cameras, campus emergency phones and loudspeakers. The pictures of the players involved in the incident came from new cameras in the South Campus area.