Former University of Central Florida running back Otis Anderson Jr. was fatally shot by his father during a dispute over a dog bite, authorities said.
Anderson, 23, who played at UCF from 2017 to 2020, died late Monday 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 was upset after being bitten, triggering a confrontation between the three who escalated to gunfire.
Responding officers found Anderson with at least one gunshot wound to the chest and Denise with several wounds. Both were rushed to a hospital, but Anderson Jr. did not survive. His mother was treated and released, the Sentinel reported.
Anderson Sr., 52, who is charged with murder and attempted murder, remains on parole Wednesday. He is due to appear in court on 22 December.
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 after 17 touchdowns and caught nine others as receivers as an important part of UCF’s program.
“He was honored by his teammates, our fans and everyone in Knight Nation,” the post read. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who loved Otis. He was taken too soon and will truly be missed.”
Anderson, who was not drafted this year, spent training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, but was cut out by the team’s training team in September. The team too issued a statement sends condolences to his family when former teammates sent out tributes.
“Rest in Heaven Otis,” Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey tweeted. “We must do better on this earth smh.”
Anderson’s father, meanwhile, was appointed public defender during his trial on Tuesday, WJXT reported.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said the station’s investigators are “mourning” with the Anderson family as they navigate the “incredible” tragedy.
“While the investigation continues to be conducted, we urge everyone to keep the family in your prayers as they work through this very difficult time,” Williams said in a statement.