An alcohol-fueled argument during Saturday’s college football classic between Alabama and Louisiana State University led an Oregon man to blast his friend with a shotgun, deputies said.
Christopher Ashley Honey, 51, was arrested on attempted murder charges Saturday after the 40-year-old victim was hit in the head and neck with a birdshot shell as he left the home and walked down a driveway, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
The dispute took place during Saturday’s thrilling 46-41 win by the top-ranked Tigers over the Crimson Tide and started off as an argument between two friends, Sgt. William Bailey told The Post.
One of the men, who were house sitting together at a residence in Bend, then made a comment critical about the other man’s team, sending the confrontation to another level, Bailey said.
“This is what triggered the argument,” Bailey said, adding that it was unclear which teams the men were rooting for at the time.
Investigators believe alcohol played a factor in the shooting, Bailey said.
The victim, who was visiting from Biddeford, Maine, was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the incident. He has since been released, KTVZ reports.
Honey went back inside the home after allegedly shooting his friend to finish watching the game — before ultimately surrendering to deputies, the station reports.
A Facebook page for Honey, who is originally from Clermont, Florida, features many photos of him in Florida Gators gear at the team’s stadium in Gainesville.
Honey faces charges of attempted murder, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing in connection to the shooting. He was also ordered held on an outstanding warrant for driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license, sheriff officials said.