Ryan Jones, former NFL player turned MMA fighter shot dead in Reno

Ryan Jones, former NFL player turned MMA fighter shot dead in Reno

Nevada authorities say former NFL linebacker Ryan Jones was shot dead over the weekend in a Reno apartment and two other people suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Reno Police Department spokesman Officer Tim Broadway declined comment Tuesday on the circumstances that led to Sunday’s shooting because detectives were still interviewing people for their investigation.

Jones, 26, signed a free-agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 and had a stint with the New York Giants before becoming a mixed martial arts fighter.

He had one win in MMA, an amateur fight that lasted 17 seconds in May of this year.  Jones defeated John Michael Galarza via TKO at King of the Cage: Future Legends 36.

He was the first Montana Tech football player in the college’s history to sign an NFL contract.

Jones graduated from Hug High School in Nevada before attending Sierra College and then Montana Tech in 2011.