Police have confirmed that the brother of former NFL star Aqib Talib has handed himself in to cops after allegedly shooting a youth football coach dead over the weekend.
Cops launched a manhunt for Yaqub Salik Talib, 39, who is suspected of killing Michael Hickmon, 43, during a game in Lancaster, Texas, on Saturday.
He has since handed himself into the Dallas County Jail on Monday, Lancaster Police confirmed to The Dallas Morning News.
Talib was wanted by police on charges of murder after he allegedly shot the youth coach dead at the under-9s children’s football game.
Hickmon, coached the Dragon Elite Academy team, is understood to have been shot three times in front of his nine-year-old son who was playing in one of the teams.
Football coach, Mike Hickmon, 43, was shot dead following a row at the end of an under-9’s game on Saturday. Yaqub Salik Talib, 39, has now handed himself in after cops launched a manhunt for him
Angry parents could be seen speaking with match officials at the children’s game in the moments before the shooting
Lancaster Police Department say Talib was involved in a physical altercation with the referees on the field before opening fire at Lancaster Community Park in southeast Dallas County.
They added that the suspect pulled out a gun and shot ‘multiple times’ before fleeing in a car.
Video of the shooting shows a man wearing a black hoodie and hat pulling out a gun and firing.
Police are looking for Yaqub Talib, the brother of former NFL player Aqib Talib
In the chaotic footage shot from the side of the field, parents can be heard yelling and arguing amongst one another with some talking to match officials at the culmination of the game before a scuffle breaks out on the grass.
Within the seconds, the brawl grew larger as more people ran to either join in or break the group up.
Five gunshots then rang out before the coach was seen lying motionless on the field.
Frantic parents could then be seen making calls to 911 on their cellphones as children who were witness to the killing were quickly ushered away.
Fellow coach Heith Mayes said: ‘They were upset about losing. Dude came on the sideline and said it was going to punch the ref, so the ref called the game.
A second coach, Kerry Lewis added: ‘It’s just not that important. It’s not. It’s not that serious.
‘No one should be coming to a nine-year-olds’ game and be fearful for their life or maybe my son gets shot while playing football. This has to stop.
Parents rushed onto the field as the argument suddenly spiraled out of control between the coaches and parents
Coach Hickmon was described as ‘a father, former athlete, a coach, mentor, a pillar of our youth football community and a member of Dragon Elite Academy coaching family’
Several parents could be seen calling the emergency services on their cellphones
Parents attempted to save the life of coach Hickmon shortly after the shooting. It is thought that he was shot three times in front of his son
‘His son witnessed him getting shot and murdered on the field. These kids are innocent. They shouldn’t have to witnesses what they witnessed.
‘He was a genuine person, he was a loving person, he was a father first.’
Yaqub’s his footballer brother Aqib was also at the game when the killing occurred, but police confirmed that they were not looking for him.
A lawyer for the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player told TMZ: ‘Aqib was present when this unfortunate incident occurred and is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life.
‘He would like to convey his condolences to the family of the victim and to everyone who witnessed this unfortunate tragedy.’
Paying tribute to Hickmon, his sister, Ciciely Hickmon, told CNN that her brother was coaching his son’s team when the gunfire erupted.
He leaves behind a wife, two daughters, a son and three grandchildren, Ciciely Hickmon said.
She added: ‘Mike was an amazing husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, friend and coach.
‘Our family is grieving. Right now, we don’t see an end to our grief. We miss him immensely. We always will. We will love him forever.’
Courtney Jackson, a parent who was present during the incident added: ‘As many may have already heard Mike Hickmon, a father, former athlete, a coach, mentor, a pillar of our youth football community and a member of Dragon Elite Academy coaching family lost his life yesterday at a YOUTH FOOTBALL GAME.
‘Although the older DEA teams were not in attendance at this event it still has rocked us all and really made all of us reevaluate EVERYTHING.
‘This is something, no coach, parent or player should ever have to prepare for while participating in youth sports.
Parents could be seen performing CPR on Hickmon as he lay motionless on the field in in Lancaster, Texas, on Saturday.
Hickmon is pictured during happier times, on his wedding day. One parent paid tribute to him saying he was a ‘pillar of youth community football’
Aqib Talib, pictured, was not named by Lancaster police as a person of interest but he was present at the shooting and his brother now has a warrant out for his arrest
‘I welcome suggestions on how we can help our 9u players along with Mikes family recover from witnessing and experiencing something so traumatic at such a young age.’
Aqib was not named by Lancaster police as a person of interest. He retired in 2020 after 15 years in the league, having won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos.
During his career he also played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots, and the Los Angeles Rams and currently works as a commentator for Fox Sports.
Last Wednesday, just three days before Hickmon’s slaying, Talib was indicted on a methamphetamine charge.
In March, a grand jury indicted Talib on an unlawful possession of a gun charge, with both of the cases currently still pending.
Talib hit the headlines again in 2014 after being arrested after a fight at a Dallas nightclub.
Witnesses claimed that a heavily intoxicated Talib was throwing bottles and fighting people and was arrested on a public intoxication charge; the results of that case were not immediately known.
A Dallas police were forced to apologise to Aqib Talib after incorrectly naming him as being involved with the fight – and the department published Aqib Talib’s name on social media in connection with the incident.