There are more tragic details in the death of youth football coach Mike Hickmon, who was allegedly shot and killed by Yaqub Talib, the brother of former NFL player Aqib Talib.
According to police, Yaqub is the main suspect in the shooting of Hickmon, who was shot during an argument following a youth football game.
The Saturday shooting happened about 8:50 p.m. at the Lancaster Community Park at 1749 Jefferson Street in Lancaster, which is in southeast Dallas County.
Police said responding officers were told of a “disagreement among coaching staff and the officiating crew,” according to a news release.
While the disagreement unfolded, the coaches got into a physical altercation, and one of the people involved in the fight fired a gun. One man was shot, police said.
He was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to the news release.
While authorities haven’t officially released an identification, coaches with the youth team D.E.A. Dragons told WFAA the victim was Mike Hickmon.
Police named Yaqub Talib the suspect, but more information about his involvement in the shooting was not released.
According to witnesses, Hickmon was shot and killed in front of 80 kids, including his son, who witnessed his father die on the field.
Watson said roughly 80 kids were in the area when it happened.
“I held my son after that for 20 minutes of him just crying because no kid should have to see that,” he said.
Freeman said the argument started when Hickmon went to pick up a football and someone kicked it away. That led to the fighting and eventually the shooting.
Hickmon, 43, had been an offensive coordinator on the team for two years and made a name for himself playing at Maceo Smith High School and then the University of North Texas. His son was one of the 9-year-olds on the field at the time of the shooting.
“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.
Yaqub has since turned himself in after being wanted for murder by the police.
BREAKING: 39-year-old Yaqub Talib has turned himself into the Dallas County Jail. Talib has been wanted for the shooting death of a little league football coach over the weekend in Lancaster, TX.
Talib is the brother of retired NFL cornerback Aqib Talib. pic.twitter.com/yzzcL7mqqZ
— Markie Martin (@MarkieMartin) August 15, 2022