Akron football player is shot by former teammate who thought he was a burglar

Akron's Andrew Pratt runs the 40-yard dash at a Pro Day college football workout at the University of Akron, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Akron wide receiver Andrew Pratt is expected to recover after being accidentally shot in the stomach by a former teammate over the weekend.

Pratt entered the apartment of Scott Boyett, a former offensive tackle for the Zips, without knocking early Saturday morning. Both men told police Boyett fired the gun mistakenly thinking Pratt was a burglar.

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After investigating the incident, police determined it was an accident and decided not to file charges.

Boyett was an offensive tackle for the Zips before dropping from the roster last spring because of an unspecified medical condition. He is still a student at Akron and has an apartment in the same off-campus house as Pratt.

The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. The police were called but Pratt had already been taken to the emergency room by the time they arrived.

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Pratt, a 6-foot-5 senior who caught 75 passes for 948 yards and four touchdowns in four seasons with the Zips, was said to be in stable condition Sunday night. He called the incident “an honest mistake,” according to the Akron Beacon Journal.



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