Suspect Accused of Shooting Coach During Dallas-Area Youth Soccer Game Turns Himself In



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

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

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

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

Defense attorney Clark Birdsall declined to discuss the details, but when asked if his client would claim self-defense, he replied: “There will be a defense issue.”

“Mr. Talib is sorry for the tragic loss of life, but he turned himself over to the law so he could tell his side of the story,” the lawyer said.

Bail is expected to be set by a magistrate this afternoon, Birdsall said.

Ciciely Hickmon told CNN her brother was coaching their son’s team when the gunfire erupted. 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 amazing husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, friend and coach. Our family is grieving. At this time, we do not see the end of our pain,” the family said in a statement. “We miss him immensely. We always will. We will love him forever.”

Multiple 911 calls were received from Lancaster Community Park 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 referee team, according to a Lancaster police news release.

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

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 umpires as several people start fighting in another section of the field. Five shots ring out and the camera pans over the ground for about 40 seconds. The video cannot determine who fired the shot. Panicked screams can be heard off camera. When the camera refocuses the field, people are seen tending to someone on the ground as others walk toward them. CNN continues to work to confirm the authenticity of the video.

The suspect’s brother, Aqib Talib, is a five-time 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 his brother’s leadership. 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 grades ahead of his little brother, insisted they move to the football hotbed of Dallas with his mother before high school. school, according to a draft pick story produced by the Buccaneers.

“My brother always chose me on his team. We would play outside, and I would play with all the older guys and he would pick me first on the team. He was a big influence on me, he just played to older crowds all the time, so when I played to people my age, I thought, ‘I’m used to playing to guys older than you.’ He played a very important role in my football career,” said Aqib Talib, quoted by the team.

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 found myself in, so I’m definitely thankful … that we made that move and 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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