Former UCF running back Otis Anderson Jr was shot and killed by his father early Sunday in Orlando, Florida, but there were no signs of forced entry into the home, police said.
Anderson was found shot dead inside his bedroom by a family member after the elder Anderson called 911.
Per multiple media reports, an arriving officer arrived just as Otis Anderson Sr. was walking out of the room. Anderson “was acting extremely bizarre” while he told police he was in the throes of a blackout and needed an ambulance, police said.
The younger Anderson was found to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The younger Anderson’s father told police he shot his son after finding him in bed asleep.
“We do not believe that there was any type of forced entry,” Orlando police spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Bernal said. “The father said he needed to step out and take a shower to so he found the older son, checked to make sure he was dead and called the police.”
Anderson, 20, played college football at UCF and had been named to the Bears’ roster for their Wednesday night game against the Giants. Before that game, he released a statement: “It feels like a dream and I don’t know how to deal with this. I never imagined being in this situation.”
Anderson’s manager, Marcus Menzel, posted on Instagram a photo of Otis Jr at a football game with the caption: “The entire UCF community was touched by the tragic loss of Otis Anderson Jr, and I don’t know how to deal with this.”
According to a profile on the UCF Athletics website, Anderson came to the university as a freshman and played as a running back but also on the defensive line. His father, Otis Sr., coached him at Deltona (Florida) High School.
Anderson led Deltona to back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016. After a standout career, Anderson led UCF to the Peach Bowl and record 20 touchdowns, leading the team to a 12-1 record and the Peach Bowl.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. Anderson was not enrolled at UCF but was considering transferring.