The brother of former NFL cornerback Aqib Talib turned himself in at the Dallas County Jail Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for his alleged role in the murder of a former college football player at a youth football game.
The Lancaster (Texas) Police Department issued a press release Monday indicating that Yaqub Salik Talib, 39, turned himself in after he was identified as the alleged shooter in the incident, which took place Saturday after an altercation broke out. Talib was charged with felony first-degree murder.
According to police, the victim was Michael Hickmon, a 43-year-old Lancaster resident who was formerly a fullback for the University of North Texas. Hickmon was a coach for one of the teams that was playing when the altercation started, the D.E.A. Dragons.
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The shooting took place at the Lancaster Community Park, according to police. When officers arrived, witnesses told them that a disagreement between the opposing coaching staffs of both teams had started at the result of a call made by the officiating crew. Police said the altercation became physical and that the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Hickmon multiple times.
Police said the suspect fled the scene in a car and took the gun with him.
Hickmon was transferred to Methodist Central Hospital Saturday night, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the press release. No other injuries were reported.
Police confirmed that there were several witnesses and children present at the time of the shooting and added that they are still investigating the matter.
"We saw one of our coaches laying down on the ground right there," Dragons' team president Mike Freeman told WFAA. "It was tough. More than just a coach. Great father, great man, great role model, great mentor."
According to WFAA, both Yaqub Talib and Aqib Talib were coaches of the North Dallas United Bobcats, the other team playing at the time of the incident.
Freeman told WFAA that Hickmon's 9-year-old son was one of the players on the field when the shooting occurred.
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"I held his son, Little Mike Jr, and I held him like my son, and it was very, very, very hard to hold him and console him because again — just letting him know that we’ll be there for him," Freeman said.
In 2006, the Mean Green athletic program announced members of its all-time team and placed Hickmon, who was with the program from 1999-2002, as the first-team fullback.
Lancaster is a suburb that is a little more than 15 miles south of Dallas.
Aqib Talib played in the NFL 12 seasons from 2008-19 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a one-time All-Pro. He was a member of the Broncos team from 2016 that defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
A 2008 story posted to the official website of the Buccaneers that recounts Aqib Talib's path toward becoming a first-round draft pick identifies Yaqub as Aqib's older brother.
Aqib Talib was not mentioned in the Lancaster Police press release.
In June 2014, Dallas Police arrested Yaqub Talib for public intoxication after a disturbance was reported at a local nightclub. At the time, police confused Yaqub Talib with Aqib Talib and an initial press release that was sent identified Aqib Talib as the one who had been arrested. Dallas Police later confirmed the mistake and apologized for the error.
Contributing: Associated Press
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