Lincoln Police spokeswoman Katie Flood said police responded after receiving a call from a woman who found Benjamin Martin slumped over in his car in a shopping mall parking lot.
“Initially, she thought he was in medical distress, so she approached, wanting to help,” Flood told reporters. “She then saw that he had ammunition scattered on his lap. She backed away and immediately called police.”
Police woke Martin. When he opened the car door, ammunition spilled onto the parking lot. Martin had a rifle hidden under a blanket beside him. He told police he was on his way to target practice, but had dozed off.
Flood said Martin gave no indication that he intended to hurt anyone.
The investigation led police to a storage unit rented by Martin in Lincoln.
“Inside that storage facility, we found drug paraphernalia as well as an additional 112.7 grams of methamphetamine,” Flood stated.
Martin, a Lincoln Southwest High School product, played defensive line for the Huskers as a redshirt freshman in 2007. Medical problems cut Martin’s playing days short. Nebraska gave Martin a medical hardship scholarship after the 2009 season.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.