Former University of Central Florida running back Otis Anderson Jr. was fatally shot by his father during an argument over a dog bite, authorities said.
Anderson, 23, who played UCF from 2017-2020, died Monday night in Jacksonville 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 told investigators her husband got angry after being bitten, sparking a confrontation between the three that escalated into gunfire.
Police officers who responded found Anderson with at least one gunshot wound to the chest and Denise with multiple grazed wounds. Both were rushed to hospital, but Anderson Jr. did not survive. Her mother was treated and released, the Sentinel reported.
Anderson Sr., 52, faces murder and attempted murder charges, and remains in custody without bail on Wednesday. He is due in court on December 22.
UCF Football tweeted a tribute Tuesday to Anderson, whose nickname was “Juice”. He ranks ninth all-time at UCF with 2,182 career rushing yards. He also ran for 17 touchdowns and caught nine more as a receiver on the UCF program.
“He was revered by his teammates, our fans and everyone at Knight Nation,” the post read. “Our deepest condolences go out to all who loved Otis. He was taken too soon and will be sorely missed.
Anderson has no connection with former Giants legend Ottis Anderson.
Anderson, who was not drafted this year, spent training camp with the Los Angeles Rams but was ruled out of the team’s training squad in September. The team too issued a statement send condolences to his family as former teammates posted tributes.
Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey ‘Rest in Heaven Otis’ tweeted. “We have to do better on this earth smh.”
Anderson’s father, meanwhile, was named a public defender when he appeared in court on Tuesday, WJXT reported.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told station investigators “in mourning” with the Anderson family as they navigated the “incredible” tragedy.
“As the investigation continues, we encourage everyone to keep the family in your prayers as they go through this very difficult time,” Williams said in a statement.