University of Florida’s Deiondre Porter suspended after firing gun in direction of pregnant girlfriend

Florida Porter, sportsFlorida freshman defensive back Deiondre Porter has been suspended indefinitely after his arrest for allegedly firing a gun in the direction of his pregnant girlfriend.

Porter was arrested on four felony charges, including domestic violence enhancements.

He is being held on a $160,000 bond in the Alachua County Jail.

The incident occurred at 2.15am on September 29, three days after the eighth-ranked Gators beat rival Tennessee in Gainesville.

According to a Gainesville police report, Porter confronted his girlfriend of two years in the early hours and accused her of being romantically involved with a teammate.

Porter’s girlfriend denied the relationship, according to the report. He later pointed a gun at her head and demanded she tell him the truth.

She made numerous attempts to contact the teammate, and told Porter she would try again later in the morning.

The couple then fell asleep in separate rooms. Several hours later, Porter resumed his accusations, became enraged and fired the gun in her direction, according to the report.

The bullet lodged in the wall where she was leaning. Porter left the apartment a short time later, according to police.

The woman was 10 weeks pregnant at the time, and police said Porter was aware of the baby.

She came forward to report the incident on Monday, nearly two weeks after it allegedly occurred.

Officer Ben Tobias, a police spokesman, said: ‘She said she was scared. She was dealing with a well-known UF football player and she was honestly terrified to come to the police and report it.’

Gainesville police found a bullet hole in the wall near the front door and a .45-caliber shell casing under a chair in the living room.

The Gators announced Porter’s suspension on Twitter today, and coach Jim McElwain addressed it on the Southeastern Conference coaches call.

Porter did not play the last two weeks.

‘He’s no longer with the football team,’ McElwain said.

‘He’s suspended indefinitely for obviously a choice. It’s his choice not to be with us. I’m sure you’ll read about it soon enough.

‘It’s one of those things that we don’t obviously condone. Like I said, it was his choice.’

Officer Tobias added that a day after the alleged shooting, police came in contact with Porter during a traffic stop related to a drug investigation.

The driver, a friend of Porter’s, was found in possession of a .45-caliber handgun.

Tobias said at the time police did not know about the shooting. ‘It was purely coincidental,’ he said.

Police are now testing the bullet casing found at the scene and the gun recovered in the car to see if they match.

Alachua County court records show one charge of aggravated battery (second-degree felony), one charge of firing a weapon into a vehicle or building (third-degree felony) and two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill (third-degree felony).

Porter also was charged with property damage of less than $200, a second-degree misdemeanor. He has played in four games this season, registering two tackles.

Source: The DailyMail

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