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Florida Gaitors WR pushed through window after armed fight

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Florida wide receiver Andre Debose was pushed through a window after a fight which led to gunshots being fired and one man being arrested for aggravated assault.

Debose was dining with John Honeycutt, Victor Watkins II, and Kristan Lipham when an argument, which quickly escalated, broke out.

According to police, a heated exchange between Debose and Watkins led to the former being thrown into a window which shattered. The 23-year-old was unhurt.

The Gainesville Police Department said: "This [incident] angered Honeycutt who retrieved a handgun and threatened Watkins with it. However, Watkins immediately took the handgun from Honeycutt and then discharged several rounds into the ground outside the house.

"Honeycutt now retrieved the rifle and fired several rounds into Watkins's SUV and into the ground in front of the house."

Police arrested Honeycutt and charged him with aggravated assault, while the three men were released after being interviewed.

Earlier on it had been erroneously reported that Debose had been the one who had pushed a member of the party through a window.

A statement from the officer in question, Ben Tobias, who made the mistake, apologised to Debose for any damage he may have caused to his reputation.

It read: "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. Unfortunatly, 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."

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