Former Colts, Rams and Browns CB Eric Patterson Shot Dead in Florida

Police say that former Ball State and NFL cornerback Eric Patterson was shot and killed in his home on Saturday

Police say that former Ball State and NFL cornerback Eric Patterson was shot and killed in his home on Saturday

According to ABC Action News, 26-year-old former linebacker Eric Patterson was killed in a shooting in the Riverside Heights neighborhood of Tampa Bay on Saturday morning. He was undrafted, and played for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams in 2015. Patterson's roommate, whose name has not been released, was awakened by a commotion and came out to a living space in the home to find an unknown suspect and Patterson laying on his back, police said.

The suspect fled on foot for several blocks and got away in a white SUV. Tampa police officers arrived first and began lifesaving measures, but Patterson later died at a local hospital.

Police say the shooting does not appear to be random. Police are still investigating the incident and will send out an updated media alert when additional information regarding the victim or the overall investigation becomes available.

Patterson was a star player for Plant High School in Tampa Bay before playing three seasons at Ball State in Indiana.

"My mama always fix all our problems for us, but this one she can't fix", Patterson's sister, Devona Sanders of Tampa, wrote in Facebook post on Sunday.

More news: British Home Secretary signs Julian Assange’s USA extradition papers
More news: Huawei's Next Laptop Killed by US Ban: What's Next?
More news: Royals mark Prince Philip's 98th birthday with adorable throwback snaps

This story will be updated. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in spring of 2016, but didn't make the team in the fall.

Weiner said Patterson's former teammates are "heartbroken and devastated".

"Sad, heartbreaking time for our Plant Panthers Football Family", Weiner said.

"We are mourning the passing of one of our own, Eric Patterson". Former Buc Head Coach Tony Dungy -"Eric Patterson played at Plant HS with our son Eric".

Recommended News

  • Drug delays type 1 diabetes in people at high risk

    Drug delays type 1 diabetes in people at high risk

    Spain. "The dedicated researchers, volunteers and families participating in this program make discoveries like this possible". And they'll need to get better at identifying high-risk individuals who lack close relatives with Type 1 diabetes, he said .
    'What a character!' Chelsea celebrate Hazard's off-field highlights

    'What a character!' Chelsea celebrate Hazard's off-field highlights

    He is the ultimate play maker and surely will only improve with the club the longer he stays. "It is my dream since I was a kid". During his time in West London Hazard won two Premier League titles as well an FA Cup, League Cup and two Europa Leagues .
    Gujarat on alert as Cyclone Vayu nears

    Gujarat on alert as Cyclone Vayu nears

    Schools as well as colleges in 10 districts where the cyclonic storm is expected to hit will be kept closed tomorrow & day after. In addition, the decision to suspend operations at AAI's Surat airport will be taken after "analysing the weather", AAI said.
  • Saudis: OPEC close to extending output cut deal

    Saudis: OPEC close to extending output cut deal

    Concern about slowing demand and economic growth has had a large impact on sentiment amid a trade war between the USA and China . US West Texas Intermediate ( WTI ) crude futures were down 85 cents, or 1.6 percent, at $52.41 per barrel.
    Iran to hand over Lebanese prisoner to Hezbollah soon

    Iran to hand over Lebanese prisoner to Hezbollah soon

    Zakka was sentenced to 10 years in prison and handed a $4.2 million fine in 2016 after a court convicted him of espionage. However, U.S. -Iranian tensions have risen anew since Washington pulled out of the nuclear pact in 2018.
    Suspects, Including Alleged Gunman, Arrested In Ortiz Shooting

    Suspects, Including Alleged Gunman, Arrested In Ortiz Shooting

    The man arrested on Sunday night was the man driving the motorcycle off which the shooter jumped just prior to the incident. The details were contained in a court document obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday.
  • Justin Bieber laughs off Tom Cruise UFC fight challenge

    Justin Bieber laughs off Tom Cruise UFC fight challenge

    Earlier this week, Justin Bieber confused us all when he tweeted "I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon". When asked if he really intends to fight Tom, 56, Justin said: "Nah, I was just playing".
    Astral Chain, Collector’s Edition Unveiled at E3 2019: Let’s See the Contents

    Astral Chain, Collector’s Edition Unveiled at E3 2019: Let’s See the Contents

    Nintendo announced quite a few new games at E3 this week, but a reveal of new Switch models was missing ( Nintendo did warn us! ). Nintendo offered some bittersweet news this evening as Animal Crossing: New Horizons was revealed.
    Trump shows off F-35 fighter to Polish President Duda

    Trump shows off F-35 fighter to Polish President Duda

    A senior Trump administration official said the White House meeting would see the two leaders make "a significant announcement". There are already 4,500 USA troops that rotate through Poland as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation .
  • De Boer urges De Ligt to choose Barcelona - or Man City

    De Boer urges De Ligt to choose Barcelona - or Man City

    Accordingly, the worldwide extension of the suspension of Mino Raiola is stayed pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings. Cas says a final decision will be confirmed at the beginning of July.
    Huawei isn't backing off - signed 46 commercial 5G projects in 30 countries

    Huawei isn't backing off - signed 46 commercial 5G projects in 30 countries

    Under the Chinese law, home-grown companies must support the state's intelligence work, which has raised fears of espionage. The contest has snowballed into a tech war with the USA asking countries to disregard the organization in 5G systems.
    Woman hospitalised after drinking too much bubble tea

    Woman hospitalised after drinking too much bubble tea

    However, doctors believed the girl was concealing the depths of her bubble tea habit to avoid getting in trouble from her parents. A 14-year-old girl in China who suffered severe constipation for a week was reportedly full of bubble tea balls.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.