Crime

Ex-Kansas City Chiefs player faces federal gun charges, tasered during arrest

A former Kansas City Chiefs football player was charged Monday in federal court with illegally possessing firearms after he was tasered twice while he struggled with police officers and resisted arrest, according to prosecutors.

Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii, Jr., 40, of Independence, was charged with three counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms, according to federal prosecutors in the Western District of Missouri.

Prosecutors said Siavii has been arrested three times while he was in possession of illegal drugs and loaded firearms, a federal crime.

A defensive lineman, Siavii appeared in 26 games with the Chiefs in 2004-05 but never made a start. He later played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks. Before the NFL, Siavii played for the University of Oregon.

Siavii remained in federal custody pending a detention hearing, which has not yet been scheduled. He did not yet have an attorney listed in public court records who could be reached for comment.

During his most recent arrest Saturday, officers responded to a parking lot on U.S. Highway 40 in Independence, where a witness told them he found his friend’s stolen 2017 Jeep Wrangler. The witness said he saw a man, later identified as Siavii, get out of the driver’s seat of the SUV, prosecutors said.

When officers made contact with Siavii, he disregarded their commands and an officer tasered him, according to prosecutors. Siavii fell to the ground and began to resist arrest, police said.

As Siavii started to push himself off the ground, a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol fell in front of him, prosecutors said. An officer then drew his gun and put it to Siavii’s back as another officer grabbed the pistol and threw it several feet away, police said.

Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing about 330 pounds, Siavii and the officers continued to fight, according to prosecutors. They commanded him to stop and place his hands behind his back.

An officer then tasered Siavii again “with little effect,” according to a news release Monday from the U.S. attorney’s office. Siavii got on top of an officer who was on the ground, prosecutors said.

Eventually, another officer put Siavii in a neck restraint, prosecutors said. Siavii was rendered unconscious long enough to place handcuffs on him. He continued to resist arrest after he was handcuffed, authorities said.

Searching Siavii’s backpack, officers found ammunition, 5.2 grams of methamphetamine, 12.2 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to prosecutors.

During another arrest in early August, officers went to a motel in the area of Highway 24 and North Jennings Road in Independence after tracking a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado that had been stolen in Sugar Creek. Siavii was walking away from the stolen truck, and when he saw the police, he fled on foot, according to prosecutors.

Siavii fought with officers when they tried to take him into custody, prosecutors said. He was lying on his stomach and reaching toward his waistband, police said. After a “prolonged struggle” with Siavii, officers took him into custody, according to the news release.

Officers found a loaded handgun underneath Siavii, police said. They also searched him and found 4.4 grams of meth, prosecutors said.

In the stolen truck, officers found a Cobra Enterprises .32-caliber handgun and drug paraphernalia, police said.

In April, police officers tried to stop a silver Ford Fusion near Highway 24 and South Lee’s Summit Road in Independence for an improperly registered license plate. Driven by Siavii, the car had been seen at a known drug house, prosecutors said.

When Siavii failed to stop, officers chased him. Siavii’s Fusion reached up to 101 mph and eventually left the roadway on Maywood Avenue, according to federal prosecutors. Siavii was seen running but was taken into custody.

Officers found a loaded Phoenix Arms .22-caliber handgun in a front cup holder of the car, police said. They also discovered ammunition, drug paraphernalia, 3.8 grams of marijuana and two baggies that contained a total of .6 grams of meth, authorities said.

A criminal complaint noted that Siavii had been found in possession of illegal drugs two other times.

The first was in April 2018 when Siavii was arrested for driving under the influence, prosecutors said. Officers found him in possession of a straw that contained cocaine residue, according to the news release.

The second was in January after a traffic stop. When he got out of his vehicle, Siavii pulled away from the police officers, who took him to the ground as he resisted arrest, according to prosecutors.

Officers found a Xanax pill as well as a prescription bottle that belonged to another person, prosecutors said.

In 2005, Siavii was arrested with teammate Greg Wesley at a Minneapolis hotel. Siavii allegedly threw objects and yelled obscenities at a security guard, and police restrained him by placing a “spit hood” over his head, according to The Star’s archives.

Siavii pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for his role in the confrontation. He was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service, the Associated Press reported at the time.

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Luke Nozicka covers local crime and federal courts for The Kansas City Star. Before joining The Star, he covered breaking news and courts for The Des Moines Register.
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