Former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph has been arrested on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm in Palm Beach County, Florida, according to the sheriff’s office.

Early Wednesday morning, West Palm Beach police responded to reports of shooting victims in both West Palm Beach and Lake Park, Florida. The male victim in West Palm Beach was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other male victim was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition.

According to a probable cause affidavit posted to the Palm Beach County court website on Thursday, a man told police he had been with the victim who eventually died when Rudolph’s girlfriend called, saying she had been in a physical altercation with Rudolph that night. The man told police he went with three others to Rudolph’s residence unarmed, with the intent of speaking with Rudolph. Another altercation ensued between Rudolph, another person and the men in the car who had traveled to the residence.

Multiple people told police that Rudolph entered his residence, came outside with a rifle and then fired shots at the car as it sped away. The car eventually stopped working because of the damage it had sustained, and one person inside was “slumped over and unresponsive.”

An independent witness told West Palm Beach detectives that he saw Rudolph fighting with both his girlfriend and later the group of men who visited. The witness told police he then heard “numerous gunshots” and then saw Rudolph return to the residence “holding a gun.”

Rudolph, 25, was FSU’s leading receiver in 2015 and 2016 and finished his career with 2,311 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns before leaving early to enter the NFL draft. He went undrafted but spent time with both the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins, as well as having a stint in the Canadian Football League.

Rudolph finished his NFL career with eight catches for 101 yards.

He gained national attention in 2016 for eating lunch with an autistic student during a team visit to Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida. Leah Paske, the student’s mother, posted video of the moment to Facebook, where it quickly went viral.

A year later, Rudolph’s father was killed at a Florida nightclub after a gun was accidentally discharged, with the bullet going through a wall and striking Darryl Rudolph in the back as he was conducting repairs in another room.

Rudolph is also the cousin of former NFL star Devin Hester.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.



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