UFC football star Otis Anderson Jr. was killed last night, and now his father has been arrested and charged with murder for shooting his son during a domestic altercation involving a dog bite.
According to First Coast News, officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a shooting when they arrived at the Johnson Lake Court residence and found a man and woman at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds.
Although both victims were quickly transported to the local hospital to receive medical treatment, the man – whose identity has since been confirmed as 23-year-old Otis Anderson Jr. – was pronounced dead.
The altercation reportedly started after Otis Anderson Jr.’s father was bit by his girlfriend’s dog and started bleeding throughout the house, which led Anderson Jr. to go downstairs and see what happened, according to what Denise Anderson – Anderson Jr.’s mother – told the responding officers.
After arriving downstairs, Anderson Jr. and his father reportedly got into a verbal fight that almost turned physical before both men separated.
According to the police report, Anderson Jr. went into the dining room while his father went into the garage, until both men ended up meeting in the kitchen. Soon after meeting in the kitchen, Anderson Jr. was shot in his chest and his back.
Both Anderson Jr. and his mother were rushed to the hospital, where Anderson Jr. was pronounced dead and his mother was treated for multiple graze wounds before being released.
Otis Anderson Sr. was arrested at the scene and booked into the Duval County jail where he is being held with no bond. He has since been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree attempted murder.
“The men and women of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office join me in mourning with the Anderson family as they deal with last night’s incredible tragedy,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said in a statement following the horrific incident.
“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.”