An American football star was fatally shot by his father in a row over a dog bite.
Former University of Central Florida running back Otis Anderson Jr. who played at UCF from 2017 to 2020, died late Monday in Jacksonville after a row broke out when his father was bitten by his girlfriend's dog, authorities have said.
The 23-year-old’s mother, Denise, told investigators her husband got upset after being bitten, setting off a confrontation between the three that escalated into the shooting.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office claims that responding officers found Anderson Jr. with at least one gunshot wound to the chest and Denise with multiple graze wounds.
Anderson Jr and his mother were both rushed to hospital but sadly the UFC star didn't pull through from his injuries.
His mother was treated and subsequently released, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Anderson Sr., 52, is now facing charges of murder and attempted murder, remains held without bond and will face trial on December 22.
Sheriff Mike Williams told the station investigators were “mourning” with the Anderson family as they navigate the “incredible” tragedy.
The Sheriff's statement said: “While the investigation continues to be carried out, we would encourage everyone to keep the family in your prayers as they work through this very difficult time."
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UCF Football tweeted a tribute Tuesday to Anderson, writing: "He was revered by his teammates, our fans, and everyone within Knight Nation.
“Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who loved Otis. He was taken too soon and will truly be missed.”
The player ranked ninth all-time at UCF with 2,182 career rushing yards. He also ran for 17 touchdowns and caught nine others as a receiver as a key part of UCF’s program.
Anderson was no relation to former Giants legend Ottis Anderson.
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