MISSOULA — The police investigation into the incident that resulted in the arrest of Montana starting safety Justin Strong in Pullman, Washington, on Oct. 21 has a new timeline.
"We are still trying to track down witnesses so we can interview them," Pullman police chief Gary Jenkins wrote in an email Monday. "We have a new timeline to complete the investigation (in) approximately two weeks."
Because the investigation is still pending, charges have not been filed against anyone, including Strong. He was released after being booked for alleged involvement in a second-degree assault, a felony in Washington.
Washington State hammer thrower Bradley "Wyatt" Meyring suffered a skull fracture in the incident.
Once the police investigation is concluded, Denis Tracy, the Whitman County attorney, will decide whether to file charges against Strong, or anyone else. Two other Griz players were with Strong during the incident, according to Jenkins. Their names have not been released.
If charges are filed, per the Montana Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, anyone facing felony charges would be on indefinite suspension pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and further disciplinary action by Montana's Athlete Conduct Team. The penalty for a first-offense Category I violation — for the most serious offenses — is dismissal from the team.
Strong's two-game suspension related to the incident is over and he is eligible to play this weekend against Northern Colorado, barring any new developments in Pullman.
The Grizzlies' final regular-season game is next weekend in Bozeman against Montana State.