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Video shows fight that led to fatal shooting of Lancaster youth football coach

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 8/17/2022 Michael Williams, The Dallas Morning News

The lawyer for former NFL cornerback Aqib Talib is urging people to hold their judgment after a new video was released that showed the brawl leading up to the fatal shooting of a youth football coach in Lancaster.

Talib’s brother, Yaqub Talib, is accused of shooting 43-year-old Michael Hickmon several times during a game Saturday night at Lancaster Community Park.

Yaqub Talib, 39, turned himself in Monday to face a murder charge and remains in the Dallas County Jail. His bail has not been set.

Aqib Talib has not been charged with a crime, but witnesses told WFAA-TV (Channel 8) that he helped instigate the brawl that ended in Hickmon’s death. WFAA also obtained video showing several people, including Aqib Talib, running after Hickmon on the field before he was shot.

In the video, Hickmon, holding a yard marker, is pushed down before a man in a black hoodie pulls out a handgun and opens fire.

Aqib Talib’s attorney Frank Perez said in a statement that it’s “unfair to pass judgment before a full investigation has taken place.”

“I believe once all the witnesses are interviewed there will be a different perspective as to what happened this past Saturday,” Perez said, adding that Aqib Talib “is very distraught and devastated over this terrible loss of life.”

Witnesses told detectives that the fight began over a disagreement about the score, according to Yaqub Talib’s arrest-warrant affidavit. The affidavit does not say who started the fight.

Yaqub Talib’s lawyer, Clark Birdsall, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. He told The Associated Press earlier this week that his client “regrets the tragic loss of life,” but surrendered to authorities “so that he may have the chance to say his side of the story.”

Hickmon was shot several times, according to the affidavit — including in the back.

Court records show that Yaqub Talib was recently indicted on gun and drug charges in Dallas County. In 2014, he was in the news after being arrested following a fight at a Dallas nightclub; police initially mistakenly named Aqib Talib as being involved in the incident.

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