23-year-Old Former UCF Running Back Otis Anderson Jr. Shot and Killed by his father in Dispute Over Dog Bite, Mother Injured, father Arrested and Charged with Second-degree Murder

former college football standout was gunned down in Florida by his father following an argument they had over a dog bite, officials said Tuesday.

Gunfire erupted near just before 9:30 p.m. Monday in northwest Jacksonville, where officers found “two victims with gunshot wounds, one adult Black male and one adult Black female,” according to a statement from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

They were both taken to the hospital, where the man, shot in the chest and shoulder, was pronounced dead, authorities said.

“All involved parties are believed to be related, this incident was domestic in nature, and there are no outstanding suspects,” according to the sheriff’s statement.

Authorities didn’t immediately name the victims, but court documents later identified the suspect as Otis Lee Anderson, 52.

The University of Central Florida mourned the loss of 23-year-old Otis Anderson Jr., a former star running back for the Knights.

The fatal confrontation began after “Otis Lee Anderson Sr. got bit by (the victim’s) girlfriend’s dog” and “was bleeding throughout the house,” according to a booking and arrest report.

The suspect then flipped a reclining chair before the two continued their argument, officials said.

The heavily redacted report quoted Anderson Sr. saying “Anderson Jr. charged at him” but it wasn’t clear if the suspect was claiming self-defense.

Anderson Sr. also “stated multiple times that Anderson Jr. had never disrespected him before this incident,” according to the report.

The father was booked on suspicion of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of his wife, Denise Anderson, records showed.

A lawyer for Anderson Sr. could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

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SOURCE: NBC Mews, David K. Li

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