A former NFL quarterback was arrested early Friday after he was accused of pulling a gun on a woman, the Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office said.
Tarvaris Dandre Jackson didn’t shoot, a report said.
Jackson, who played for NFL teams including the Vikings and Seattle Seahawks and is currently a free agent, was staying at a vacation home in the Regal Oaks Resort near Kissimmee, Fla.
Jackson, 33, traveled from Alabama to visit family in the area. He and a woman who he was staying with at the resort had been fighting for most of the vacation, an arrest affidavit said.
The arguing continued about 12 a.m. Friday when Jackson came back to their unit drunk, the woman, whose name was redacted from police records, told deputies.
Jackson came through the two-story unit and kicked in the upstairs bedroom door as three children slept in the rental, records show. He started yelling at the woman and started packing, telling her he was going to leave.
She told deputies when Jackson drinks he can become violent and has hit her in the past, officials said.
The woman went downstairs and grabbed a knife. She told deputies that “she was in fear not knowing what Jackson was going to do since he was drunk,” an arrest affidavit said.
She said she sat down but when Jackson came downstairs she put the knife down.
That’s when she said Jackson grabbed a backpack from the top of the refrigerator and pulled out a Ruger SR9C 9mm Caliber handgun, records show.
He loaded it then pointed it at her, deputies said.
Jackson then told her “I’ll kill you [expletive]. I’ll kill you,” an arrest report said.
She ran upstairs and grabbed a clothes iron for protection. Jackson followed behind her and threatened “if you throw that iron I will kill you,” records show. A friend followed behind the pair and tried stopping Jackson.
The woman put the iron down and shut the door to the room.
When deputies responded, Jackson said there was no firearm inside the rental but authorities spotted a gun sitting on the kitchen counter in the home along with a container of marijuana.
Deputies reported as they were arresting Jackson he said he did grab his backpack from the top of the fridge but never took out the gun that was inside.
The friend who tried to break up the fighting also told deputies a gun was not involved.
Jackson told deputies he told the woman that “he should shoot her to which she replied ‘You better be accurate because you ain’t on the field,’” an arrest report said.
Jackson is facing an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. He was booked in the Osceola County Jail.