Former UFC and EliteXC fighter Justin Eilers is dead after being shot in the chest Thursday night. Eilers was reportedly at the home of an acquaintance in Canyon County, Idaho and had argued with an ex-girlfriend who was also at the house, before being asked to leave. Eilers refused and, according to Sherdog, “began throwing dishes and other objects in protest.”
The owner of the home, James Robert Malec, a forty-eight-year-old man believed to be Eilers’ mother’s husband, produced a gun and shot Eilers once in the chest. Emergency medical personnel attempted to save his life when they arrived at the house and found him wounded, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Eilers was thirty years old.
To make matters worse, Eilers’ young son, his mother, and his ex-girlfriend are all said to have been in the room with him when he was shot. Malec was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Fans may remember Eilers for his UFC battles with Andrei Arlovski and Brandon Vera. His last fight was against Antonio Silva for the EliteXC heavyweight title in July, where he lost via second-round TKO.
Depressing times in the world of MMA.