Gun-toting lineman charged with felony assaultBy Louis Anastasis Independent Florida Alligator
April 6, 2007
Gainesville, FL (CSTV U-WIRE) -- UF offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson was arrested early Thursday morning and has been saddled with felony charges of aggravated assault and the use, display or concealment of a weapon or firearm.
According to a police report, Wilson has also been charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor.
"Obviously, this is a major concern, and he is suspended from all football related activities indefinitely," UF coach Urban Meyer said in a statement.
According to a police report conducted by the Gainesville Police Department, Wilson accosted a man at the XS nightclub and eventually spit on the man's face and slapped him.
The report states that the two eventually met again in the parking lot of the Gainesville Health Care Center where
Wilson fired a semi-automatic rifle that had been stored in the trunk of his vehicle.
The lineman then chased the man by car but eventually fled to an apartment where he hid the weapon from police, the report continued.
According to the report, Wilson admitted to spitting on the man -- but not hitting him -- and firing a shot from the rifle into the air because, "he wanted the victim to know how it felt to be scared."
Just last Sunday, Gators linebacker Dustin Doe was arrested after allegedly fighting in public.
The Gators will not suspend Doe, but he could be punished internally.
Around this time last off-season, GPD investigated then-receiver Kenneth Tookes for firing then-cornerback Dee Webb's assault rifle.
Charges were eventually dropped.
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