Suspect accused of shooting a coach during a Dallas-area youth football game turns himself in



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The suspect in a shooting that killed a 43-year-old coach at a weekend youth football game outside Dallas turned himself in on Monday, police said.

Yaqub Salik Talib, 39, the brother of former NFL star and Super Bowl winner Aqib Talib, pulled out a gun after opposing teams’ coaches had a disagreement over officiating in Saturday’s game in Lancaster, police said. Michael Hickmon, grandfather and father of three from Lancaster, was killed.

“The altercation turned physical, leading to the suspect pulling out a gun and shooting Mr. Hickmon multiple times,” the Lancaster Police Department said in a statement. “After the shooting, the suspect fled in an unidentified vehicle, taking the firearm with him.”

Authorities issued a warrant charging Yaqub Talib with murder, a first-degree felony. The incident is still under investigation, police said.

Defense attorney Clark Birdsall declined to discuss specifics, but asked if his client would plead self-defence, he replied, “There will be a defense issue.”

“Mr. Talib regrets the tragic loss of life but surrendered to the law so he could tell his side of the story,” the lawyer said.

Although Birdsall said Aqib Talib was at Saturday’s game, police gave no indication he was involved in the shooting in any way. A magistrate is expected to set Yaqub Talib’s bail on Monday afternoon, Birdsall said.

Ciciely Hickmon told CNN her brother was coaching his son’s team when the gunfire broke out. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. He leaves behind a wife, two daughters, a son and three grandchildren, Ciciely Hickmon said.

“Mike was an incredible husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, friend and coach. Our family is grieving. At this time, we see no end to our grief,” said the family in a press release: “We miss him very much. We always will. We will love him forever.

Multiple 911 calls from Lancaster Community Park were received just before 9 p.m., police said. When authorities arrived at the scene, witnesses said the incident began with a disagreement between the coaches and the officiating team, according to a Lancaster police press release.

“During the disagreement, the opposing coaching staff became involved in a physical altercation and one of those involved in the altercation discharged a firearm striking an adult male,” the statement read.

Yaqub Talib’s alleged role in the altercation that preceded the shooting is unclear. There is an active warrant for his arrest, police said.

Video from the scene shows a man apparently arguing with the referees when several people start fighting on another section of the pitch. Five shots ring out and the camera pans down to the ground for approximately 40 seconds. In the video, it is impossible to determine who fired the shots. Screams of panic can be heard off camera. As the camera refocuses upwards, people are seen tending to someone on the ground while others are walking. CNN continues to work to confirm the authenticity of the video.

The suspect’s brother, Aqib Talib, is a Pro Bowl defensive back who was part of the Denver Broncos team that won Super Bowl L in 2016.

The Tampa Buccaneers’ first-round pick in 2008, Aqib Talib at the time attributed his success, in part, to the leadership of his brother. As children, the couple split time between their father in New Jersey and their mother in Cleveland, Ohio, and Aqib said Yaqub, who was three years ahead of his little brother, insisted they move to the Dallas football home with their mother before high school. school, according to a story about the draft pick produced by the Buccaneers.

“My brother always chose me in his team. We were playing away, and I was playing with all the older guys and he was picking me in the team first. He was a big influence on me, playing with older audiences all the time, so by the time I played with people my own age, I was like, ‘I’m used to playing with guys older than you.’ He played a very big role in my football career,” the team quoted Aqib Talib as saying.

The future star added, “I don’t know what would have happened if I had stayed (in New Jersey). I don’t know what situation I would have been in, so I’m really grateful…that we did that choice and that we went to Texas.

Aqib Talib retired after the 2019 season, after 12 years in the NFL, during which he played for four teams.

Lancaster is a city of nearly 41,000 people in Dallas County. It’s about a 25-minute drive south of downtown Dallas.

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