Hassan Childs Released by South Florida After Arrest

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

South Florida's Hassan Childs, center, runs in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. South Florida won 45-20. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)
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Former University of South Florida defensive back Hassan Childs will face aggravated assault and marijuana possession charges after an altercation led to him being shot three times Saturday night. 

Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times and Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reported the news. 

On Monday, coach Charlie Strong confirmed to Knight that Childs had been dismissed from the team.

Laine categorized the altercation as a "road rage incident." Childs has been booked on three charges of aggravated assault and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession. Strong released a statement Sunday after news of Childs' incident broke. 

"We are deeply concerned that an incident occurred overnight in which one of our players, Hassan Childs, was injured in a shooting," Strong said in the statement. "Thankfully, Hassan is in stable condition and being well cared for, and no one else was injured. There is an ongoing investigation of the incident and we are in the process of gathering further information. Out of respect for the integrity of the investigation, we cannot comment further at this time."

A man identified as Jovanni Jimenez told police he shot Childs in self-defense, per Knight. Jimenez says Childs pulled out a gun and pointed it at him, his wife and his child before Jimenez fired his weapon.

Childs is in stable condition after suffering injuries to his arm and upper torso.


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