New details behind Altee Tenpenny's untimely death reveals troubled last days
It appears Altee Tenpenny was a young adult in need of serious help.
According to a police report obtained by AL.com, Tenpenny, 20, was arrested just days before his fatal accident for discharging a firearm and being in possession of a weapon following a Nicholls State football game. Tenpenny was dismissed from the team when the news was relayed to Nicholls State football personnel.
One of the alarming details revealed in the police report indicates Tenpenny’s mental instability while inebriated. Police say Tenpenny intentionally stepped into “the lane of travel and directly into the path of the truck” downtown after he had been drinking.
Tenpenny reportedly later told police he fired a shot to see if he had “one shot in the head.” Later, Tenpenny changed his story and said he did not want to shoot himself, so he fired into the air.
He died during a rollover accident one day after being released from the local detention center.
Several SEC coaches, including Hugh Freeze and Bret Bielema who heavily recruited Tenpenny, expressed their condolences on Wednesday. They joined numerous players who reacted on social media to the devastating news.
“It’s obviously a tragedy,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said on Wednesday. “This was a guy who was in our program and who was good friends with a lot of our players. We want to be as supportive as possible to all the people who are affected by this.”
Saban said Tenpenny’s former teammates took the news hard and that grief counselors would be available for the team as long as they were needed.