Friends and family tried to understand what led to the police shooting death of former NFL lineman Tom Neville, who had escaped from a psychiatric hospital and barricaded himself in an apartment.

The 6-foot-5, 350-pound Neville, who briefly played college football in Utah, was shot about a dozen times Saturday, Fresno County Coroner David Hadden said.Neville, 36, played for the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers in a career that lasted from 1986-92. He also was signed briefly with the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions.

He reportedly had recently arrived in Fresno from Fairbanks, Alaska, where he had been living with his wife and infant son.

"It's a complete shock to everybody," said Sherell Neville, his stepsister. "This was not at all like how he would normally behave. He was a completely rational and calm person."

Neville, an offensive lineman, attended Weber State before transferring to Fresno State.