As he lay in a hospital bed, University of South Florida defensive back Hassan Childs was arrested on three felony counts of aggravated assault and a single count of misdemeanor marijuana possession, Tampa police announced on Monday.
Childs, 22, is in stable condition with three gunshot wounds to his arms and chest. He was shot after police said he instigated a road rage incident around 11 p.m. on Saturday. Childs confronted a male driver — whose wife and 3-year-old son were in his vehicle — outside of an apartment building.
“Childs pulled to the driver’s side of Jimenez’s vehicle and pointed a silver handgun toward Jovanni Jimenez,” the Tampa police said in a statement. “In fear of his life and his family’s life, Jovanni Jimenez fired three rounds at Childs.”
Jimenez then drove home and called 911.
Both Jimenez and Childs have concealed weapons permits, according to police. Police said officers recovered a loaded firearm and 20 grams of marijuana from Childs’ Chevrolet Malibu.
“The University of South Florida is aware of the arrest of student-athlete Hassan Childs,” Lara Wade-Martinez, a spokesperson for the University of South Florida, said in an email to USA TODAY Sports. “Childs is currently withheld from all football-related activities for an indefinite period of time.
“When the university learns of an arrest, the student involved may be subject to discipline in accordance with USF’s Student Code of Conduct. State and federal privacy laws protecting the confidentiality of student records, including disciplinary actions, prevent the university from commenting further about the matter involving Childs.”