USF Football Player Now Facing Charges

Tampa, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-Tampa Police officers have now charged a University of South Florida football player in a road rage incident in New Tampa.

Twenty two year-old Hasan Childs now faces 3 counts of Aggravated Assault and 1 count of Marijuana Possession.  Childs was arrested at the hospital, where he is being treated for gunshot wounds.  

Investigators say it all started when 26 year-old Jovanni Jimenez was driving home on Skipper Road.  His wife, Jennifer, was in the front passenger seat and his 3-year-old son was in the rear driver's side seat. 

Jimenez noticed a Chevy Malibu was tailgating him.  Jimenez pulled over into the Eagle's Point apartments to let the vehicle pass.  Childs, the driver of the Chevy, pulled to the passenger side of Jimenez's stopped vehicle.  Childs pointed a silver pistol toward their vehicle, but Jimenez continued to drive toward his apartment.

After the man's wife told him about the other driver pointing a firearm at them, Jimenez removed his gun from his waistband and placed it on the seat next to his leg. When Childs continued to tailgate Jimenez's vehicle, he again pulled to the side of the road and stopped his car.  

Childs pulled to the driver's side of  Jimenez's vehicle and pointed his handgun toward Jimenez again.  In fear for his life and his family's, Jimenez fired three rounds at Childs.  Childs was shot in the upper right arm, torso and beneath his arm.  

Jimenez, who has a concealed weapons permit, then drove home and immediately phoned 9-1-1.

A loaded firearm was recovered from Childs' vehicle along with less than 20 grams of cannabis.  He suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Childs also has a concealed weapons permit.

Photo courtesy U.S.F.

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