Felon arrested for deadly shooting of football star

SARASOTA, FL – A man has been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting that claimed the life of Tommie L. Battie IV and left his brother, Auburn running back Brian Battie, critically injured over the weekend.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that 28-year-old Darryl Bernard Brookins has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and felon in possession of a firearm in the Saturday incident that resulted in one fatality and four injuries. The shooting occurred in the early hours of May 18 at the Tallywood Centre Plaza parking lot.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Tommie Battie deceased. Brian Battie, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head, was among the injured and was promptly transported to a hospital.

Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze took to social media on Monday to update the community on Brian Battie’s condition, revealing that the running back remains on a ventilator following a recent setback. Freeze urged the Auburn family to continue praying for Battie’s recovery.

Brookins’ attorney argued in court on Thursday that his client acted in self-defense. Despite this claim, Brookins faces serious charges, including murder, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm.

Brian Battie, who previously played three seasons at South Florida before transferring to Auburn, had an impactful season last year, rushing for 227 yards and a touchdown. He also ranked fourth in the Southeastern Conference in kick return average.

The Auburn community remains hopeful for Battie’s recovery as they grapple with the tragic loss of his brother.