USF OL Benjamin Knox arrested for firing gun at dorm

Monday October 12th, 2015

University of South Florida reserve offensive lineman Benjamin Knox has been arrested after being accused of firing a gun at a campus dorm exterior, according to authorities.

Knox allegedly shot at the dorm from a parking garage on Sunday at around 4 a.m. ET, said university police. The police noted that the shots appeared to have been fired at random, and that there were no reported injuries.

Following the alleged shooting, authorities say they saw an open gun case and ammunition in plain sight inside Knox’s car, in addition to shell casings on the ground next to the vehicle.

Knox was later arrested at his dorm, where police say they found a gun in his possession. The 21-year-old redshirt freshman was taken to Hillsborough County Jail, and held on $15,000 bond on charges of shooting a firearm on school property and shooting into an occupied building.

After the incident, the USF Athletics department released the following statement:

“USF Athletics is aware of an incident involving student-athlete Benjamin Knox that occurred early Sunday morning. The student-athlete in question has been immediately suspended from all team activities. We are in the process of gathering more information on the matter and are working with the proper authorities. This type of behavior is not consistent with the values of our institution and will not be tolerated.”

Knox was rated a three-star recruit in the class of 2014 by Rivals out of DeLand High School in Florida.

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