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More on Cook's legal situation

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings off the field Updated: March 14, 2011 - 3:30 PM

We had a chance to talk to Capt. Ryan Zuidema of the Lychburg, Va. police department on Monday morning. Zuidema provided a few more details about the arrest of Vikings cornerback Chris Cook for allegedly brandishing a handgun during an argument with a neighbor on Saturday evening.

"Virginia works a little bit different than a lot of states in that private citizens in Virginia can go in front of a magistrate and actually swear out a criminal warrant against another citizen and in essence that's what happened in this situation," Zuidema said. "Basically the information that we know is there was some type of verbal argument between Mr. Cook and this other gentleman and that gentleman went in front of a magistrate here and swore out an arrest warrant against Mr. Cook, which our officers then served on Mr. Cook."

Zuidema said in Virginia individuals who are arrested also are charged at the same time so Cook was charged with brandishing a firearm. Zuidema said Cook will have a court date to determine if he will be tried or if the charges are dismissed.

"Some states you're arrested basically on suspicion of something and then a D.A. will determine if they're actually going to formally charge them," he said. "In Virginia, when you're arrested you're actually charged. He has been charged with brandishing a firearm. Obviously the Commonwealth attorney will still review the case. But he will have a court date that he'll go to either way and they'll make a determination by the attorneys."

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