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Bill Russell is cited at Sea-Tac; TSA alleges he had loaded gun in luggage

Bill Russell, Hall of Fame center and former Sonics coach, was arrested Wednesday at Sea-Tac after Transportation Security Administration officials said they found a loaded gun in his luggage.


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Bill Russell, Hall of Fame center and former Sonics coach, was arrested Wednesday night at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officials said they found a loaded gun in his luggage.

Russell, 79, was arrested as he attempted to go through security. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper confirmed Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area. The gun was confiscated and Russell was released.

Russell’s gun was a .38-caliber pistol and was loaded with six rounds, according to a TSA spokesman. Russell, who has lived in the area for decades, was turned over to Port of Seattle police; there were no disruptions at the airport.



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