Former Central Florida University Otis Anderson Jr. was fatally shot by his father during a dog bite controversy, officials said.
The 23-year-old Anderson, who played at UCF from 2017 to 2020, died in Jacksonville late Monday night after his father, Otis Anderson Sr., was bitten by a dog belonging to his son’s girlfriend. According to the Orlando Sentinel.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Anderson’s mother, Denise, was upset after her husband bitten her, which led to a confrontation between the three that escalated into a shootout.
Police responding found Anderson with at least one gunshot wound to the chest and Denise with multiple grazing injuries. Both were transported to hospital, but Anderson Jr. did not survive. The Sentinel reported that his mother was treated and released.
Anderson Sr., 52, faces charges of attempted murder and attempted murder, remaining without bond on Wednesday. He is due in court next December 22.
UCF Football Tweeted Tuesday’s tribute to Anderson, whose nickname is “Juice”. He ranks ninth all-time at UCF with 2,182 career rushing yards. He rushed for 17 touchdowns and put nine others on receivers as a key part of UCF’s program.
“He is respected by his teammates, our fans and everyone at Night Nation,” the post read. “Our deepest condolences go out to everyone who loves Otis. He was taken very quickly and will be truly missed.
Anderson has nothing to do with former Giants legend Otis Anderson.
Anderson, who was not drafted this year, spent training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, but was cut from the team’s practice squad in September. Even the team Released the statement Former teammates posted condolences and condoled their family.
“Rest in Heaven Otis,” Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey Tweeted. “We need to do better on this earth. Smh.”
Anderson’s father, meanwhile, was hired as a public defender during a court appearance Tuesday WJXT reported.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said station investigators were “mourning” with the Anderson family as they navigated the “incredible” tragedy.
“As the investigation progresses, we encourage everyone to keep the family in your prayers as the family is working through this difficult time,” Williams said in a statement.