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Gators' Deiondre Porter faces charges related to shooting near pregnant girlfriend



GAINESVILLE - Florida has indefinitely suspended defensive back Deiondre Porter after police said he shot a handgun near his pregnant girlfriend and pointed the weapon at her head.

Porter, a Jefferson High alumnus, was arrested Wednesday morning and was booked in the Alachua County Jail. Bond is set at $160,000.

The arrest comes after he confronted the woman around 2:15 on Sept. 29 over whether she had been intimate with one of his UF teammates, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

After the woman retreated to her bedroom, Porter pulled out a handgun and put it to her head, the report says. She denied an intimate relationship with the teammate and tried to reach him but failed.

According to police, they slept in separate rooms that night, but the argument resumed the next morning. Porter yelled and repeated the accusation at the woman, who was 10 weeks pregnant. Porter then raised the gun and fired it "in her direction" near the front door before leaving, according to the police report.

Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias said the woman didn't report the incident to police until Monday because she was "terrified."

"She said she was scared," Tobias said. "She was dealing with a UF football player a well-known football player - and she was honestly terrified to come to the police."

But when she did, police found her story credible.

A search of the apartment revealed a bullet hole near the front door and a shell casing from a .45 caliber weapon. Neighbors also remember hearing a fight and gunshot that night, Tobias said.

"This is someone that made a choice, and a very horrible choice that is going to not only cost him a lot, but it's going to cost the victim even more..." Tobias said. "That's something that's going to live with her forever."

Coincidentally, Porter was a passenger in a routine traffic stop a day after the incident. The driver of that car had a .45 caliber gun, but forensic testing is not yet complete over whether the weapon is the same one that was fired in the woman's apartment.

"He's no longer with the football team," coach Jim McElwain said during Wednesday's SEC coaches conference call. "He's suspended indefinitely for obviously a choice. It's his choice not to be with us. ... It's one of those things that we don't obviously condone. Like I said, it was his choice."

According to jail records, Porter was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and another weapons charge, along with a misdemeanor complaint of property damage.
Porter was previously arrested in Hillsborough County in June 2014 on a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis.

Porter, a 6-foot, 177-pound redshirt freshman, has made most of his impact this season on special teams. In four games, he has recorded two tackles.

But his potential was largely untapped as he switched from a high school quarterback to defensive back. At Jefferson, he led the state with almost 4,700 total yards. He was the Tampa Bay Times' All-Suncoast Offensive Player of the Year and won the Guy Toph trophy as Hillsborough County's top football player.

Porter initially committed to USF but switched to the Gators shortly before his signing day in 2014.

Porter's arrest comes two days after UF announced that starting quarterback Will Grier was suspended for a year for failing an NCAA drug test for performance-enhancing drugs.

McElwain is expected to address reporters early this evening at his regular Wednesday news conference, ahead of the No. 8 Gators' primetime showdown at No. 6 LSU.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 3:55pm]


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