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A Florida man has been charged in the fatal shooting that injured Auburn football player Brian Battie

A Florida man has been charged in the fatal shooting that injured Auburn football player Brian Battie


Police in Florida have arrested a man in a deadly shooting that left people injured Auburn running back Brian Battie and killed his brother, Tommie L. Battie IV, over the weekend.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that Darryl Bernard Brookins, 28, was taken into custody and accused of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the shooting on Saturday that left four injured and one dead.

Brian Battie runs to the end zone

Running back Brian Battie (21) of the Auburn Tigers runs the ball past linebacker Jalen Stewart of the Massachusetts Minutemen during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 2, 2023 in Auburn, Ala. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of Tallywood Center Plaza in the early morning hours of May 18. When they arrived, police said Tommie Battie was found “deceased.”


His brother, Brian Battie, was among the injured and taken to a hospital.

Auburn coach Hugh Freeze posted on social media Monday that Battie was “still on a ventilator” after suffering a setback the day before.

“Auburn family. Please continue to pray for Brian Battie,” Freeze wrote on X. “There was a setback last night and he is still on a ventilator.”

Brian Battie stiff-armed opponent

Auburn Tigers running back Brian Battie (21) passes a Massachusetts Minutemen defender during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., September 2, 2023. (John Reed/USA Today Sports)


According to, Brookins' attorney claimed in court Thursday that he acted in self-defense.

According to the report, Brian Battie suffered a gunshot wound to the head. His brother Tommie suffered one gunshot wound to the chest.

Darryl Bernard Brookins arrested

Darryl Bernard Brookins, 28, was taken into custody and charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm. (Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)


Battie spent three seasons at South Florida before transferring to Auburn. He ran for 227 yards and a touchdown last season while ranking fourth in the Southeastern Conference in kick return average (23 yards).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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