GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - University of Florida receiver Andre Debose has not been charged for his involvement in a shooting outside of a friend's house. The resident, John Honeycutt, 23, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
An initial report released by the Gainesville Police Department said Debose was the aggressor.
Debose, 23, Victor Watkins, 24, and Kristan Lipham were having dinner at Honeycutt's house Saturday when Watkins and Debose began shoving each other. Debose was pushed into a window which broke. Honeycutt became upset and asked them to leave, according to Lieutenant Jeff Blundell.
Honeycutt then pointed a gun at Watkins outside. Watkins took the gun and a round was fired into the ground. Debose then took the gun and another shot was fired.
Honeycutt retrieved a rifle and then shot into Watkins' SUV as the two tried to leave.
Neither Debose nor Watkins was charged.
The Gainesville Police Department took a somewhat unprecedented step by issuing multiple statements addressing the initial discrepancy involving DeBose while also directing an apology to the player for the initial, incorrect information.
The complete statement from the GPD appears below:
Social media is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, important information can be relayed to millions of people in a fraction of a second.
On the other hand, incorrect information can spread like wildfire.
This morning, as I read our end-of-shift reports, I copied and pasted the incident summary that included information about Florida Gators WR Andre Debose and sent it to my local media contacts as I do each and every day. Unfortunately, the initial information released was incorrect.
The initial summary read that Mr. Debose, during an argument, threw another person into a window. In fact, the names in the summary were transposed, and I did not catch the error before sending it to my local media contacts. I did not catch the error until the wildfire had started, and now I am trying to help put that wildfire out.
Mr. Debose was actually the one pushed into the glass, and in fact tried to break this altercation up multiple times during the incident.
To Mr. Debose: I apologize that my error put your name and reputation in jeopardy, no matter how briefly. I take full responsibility for this error, and hope that the stories printed and published will correct your name and reputation. Furthermore, I am extremely proud that you intervened in this incident and likely prevented anyone from being injured or killed.
-Officer Ben Tobias, PIO
Gainesville Police Spokesperson