A University of Utah basketball player who told police an irate driver shot him in the shoulder five weeks ago has agreed to submit to a lie detector test, police say.
But reserve Ute center Paul Afeaki said Friday that he hasn't decided whether he will take the test. "It's not definite," Afeaki said. "(The police) have talked to me about it. It's no big thing. They'll call me back next week."Afeaki met with police detectives Thursday and agreed to take the test Monday or Tuesday, Detective Charles Oliver told the Deseret News on Thursday.
"We're hoping this will quell any rumors about the shooting," Oliver said.
Afeaki was shot through his left trapezius, the large muscle on top of his shoulder, on Feb. 14 after being followed in his car. He returned to the Utes' lineup 21 days later.
Soon after the shooting, a rumor circulated that Paul's wife, Nicole, shot him during an argument. Afeaki denied the rumor, and police sought to squelch it, saying there was "no evidence to substantiate" it.
But Oliver said the rumor has persisted and that if Afeaki passes the polygraph test officers likely will close the case.
"We're out of leads, we've exhausted everything," Oliver said. "There's not a lot more that can be done."
Detectives have checked more than 90 license plates on cars similar to the one Afeaki described the night of the shooting. Afeaki has looked at dozens of driver's license pictures but has been unable to identify a man that looks like the one he said shot him, Oliver said.
Afeaki said the police's failure to locate the car or a suspect in the case does not mean his wife is the one who shot him.
"If they can't find the (Honda) CRX or the guy who did it, to go back to that (rumor), I think, is not fair."
Afeaki said he likely will consult with an attorney before submitting to the test.