Yaqub Salik Talib, 39, the brother of former NFL star and Super Bowl winner Aqib Talib, pulled out a gun after the opposing teams’ coaching staffs had an officiating disagreement during Saturday’s game in Lancaster, police said. Michael Hickmon, a grandfather and father of three from Lancaster, was killed.
“The altercation turned physical, leading to the suspect pulling out a gun and shooting Mr. Hickmon multiple times,” the Lancaster Police Department said in a statement. “After the shooting, the suspect fled the scene in an unidentified vehicle, taking the gun with him.”
Authorities have 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 specifics, but asked if his client would claim self-defense, he replied, “It’s going to be a defense issue.”
“Mr. Talib regrets the tragic loss of life but turned himself into the law so he could tell his side of the story,” the lawyer said.
A magistrate is expected to set bail this afternoon, Birdsall said.
Ciciely Hickmon told CNN that her brother was coaching his son’s team when the shooting erupted. He was taken to the 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 a wonderful husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, friend and coach. Our family is grieving. Right now, we see no end to our grief,” the family said in a statement. “We miss him terribly. We always will. We will love him forever.”
Multiple 911 calls from Lancaster Community Park were received just before 9 p.m., police said. When authorities arrived at the scene, witnesses said the incident began with a disagreement between coaches and the officiating crew, according to a Lancaster police news release.
“During the disagreement, the opposing coaching staff became involved in a physical altercation and one of the individuals involved in the altercation discharged a firearm striking one adult male,” the release 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 referees as several people start fighting on another section of the field. Five shots ring out, and the camera pans to the ground for about 40 seconds. In the video, it cannot be determined who fired the shots. Panicked screams can be heard off camera. When the camera refocuses upwards, people are seen paying attention to someone on the ground while others are walking. CNN is still working 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.
“My brother would always pick me in his team. We’d play outside, and I’d play with all the older guys and he’d pick me in the team first. He was a big influence on me, just playing with an older crowd all the time, so when I played with people my age, I was like, ‘I’m used to playing with guys older than you.’ He played a really big role in my football career,” the team quoted Aqib Talib as saying.
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 been in, so I’m definitely grateful … 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 in Dallas County. It is about a 25-minute drive south of downtown Dallas.