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Bills: Fan Who Died Was Ejected for "Disorderly Conduct"

8:57 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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David Gerken, Jr.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills say the fan who was found dead in a creek near Ralph Wilson Stadium following Thursday's game was ejected from the stadium for "disorderly conduct."

26-year-old David Gerken Jr.'s body was found in in the shallow Smoke's Creek in a ravine east of the Bills' complex.  Police say an autopsy listed accidental drowning as a preliminary cause of death.

A full statement sent to WGRZ from Bills Vice-President of Communications Scott Berchtold is below:

"Arrests and ejections are routine aspects of our game day security procedures. While we do our best to control rowdy behavior, we are compelled to turn away some fans at the gate, eject some fans from the stadium for various offenses, and in extreme situations, arrest fans for criminal conduct."

"In this instance, we can confirm that Mr. Gerken was ejected from the stadium for disorderly conduct at approximately 9:55 p.m. Disorderly conduct includes various forms of misbehavior. We continue to review the circumstances surrounding this particular ejection. Mr. Gerken was one of 94 fans ejected from that game. Our review of this incident is on-going and we continue to cooperate with law enforcement during its investigation."

Jim Service, General Counsel of APEX Security Group, (whose parent company, Contemporary Services Corporation, provides security inside the stadium at Bills games) declined to answer Two On Your Side's questions regarding this incident, or any others involving policies regarding the ejection of fans from games.

Service sent WGRZ-TV the following e-mail.

Thank you for your inquiry. However, Apex company policy is to make no statements to the media during an investigation by law enforcement of an incident. As such the company will be making no statements to the media at this time.

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