Gators defensive back Deiondre Porter was arrested this morning after Gainesville police say he held a gun to the head of his pregnant girlfriend and later fired the gun in her direction. Porter booked into an Alachua County jail at 11:19 a.m. on three charges, including felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and felony shooting into or throwing deadly missiles into dwellings. He was held on $160,000 bond.
The confrontation happened on Sept. 29, and spanned two different arguments at the girlfriend’s apartment, one at 2:15 a.m. and another at about 7:15 a.m., according to the sworn complaint filed by police. Both times, Porter accused his girlfriend, who was 10 weeks pregnant at the time, of being intimate with one of his teammates, the girlfriend told police. The girlfriend said she insisted that wasn’t true.
During the first fight, Porter held a gun to her head and “continued to demand that the victim tell the truth,” the complaint said, but he eventually put it down and said they would try again in the morning (he slept in her bedroom, she slept in the living room). In the second one, Porter allegedly shot in her direction, hitting a wall she was leaning against, then left the apartment. Here is the full narrative from the complaint:
Before the complaint was released, the team announced that Porter, a redshirt freshman who saw no action in 2014, had been suspended indefinitely. The complaint in full is below.
Update (4:02 p.m.): According to the report, the assault happened on Sept. 29 but Porter wasn’t arrested until today. I asked Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias why there was a delay and he told me: “The victim didn’t report the incident to us until this past Monday, October 12th. We then conducted the full investigation and applied for an arrest warrant.”
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