BREAKING NEWS: Former Richardson Berkner High School Star and Standout NFL Cornerback Aqib Talib Involved in Garland Shooting

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And you thought Dez Bryant getting booted from the mall was trouble?

After a March 21 altercation involving his sister, his mother, his sister's boyfriend, two guns and at least five shots fired, former local high school football star and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' cornerback Aqib Talib is a "person of interest" on a Garland Police Department incident report and, pending an investigation, could be arrested and charged with anything from discharging a firearm within a municipality (class A misdemeanor) to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (second-degree felony).

According to a GPD initial report about the incident and two sources familiar with the case Talib allegedly attempted to pistol-whip his sister Saran's boyfriend, Shannon Billings, and then, after a struggle, used his mother Okolo's pistol and fired several shots at Billings as he fled the scene on foot.

"The investigation is ongoing," Garland Police Department administration supervisor Captain Patrick McCulley told the Observer on Friday. "But I can confirm that Mr. Talib is a person of interest in the case."

Talib, who lives in North Dallas, could not be reached for comment. His Atlanta-based agent, Todd France, did not return a phone call to the Observer and - per rules instituted by the NFL during its ongoing lockout - the Buccaneers are not allowed to communicate with any of their players.

Talib, 25, was a standout player at Richardson's Berkner High School before a successful career at Kansas led to him being a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2008. He is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and at a dinner in Dallas in February he was named by the NFL Alumni Association as the league's 2010 Defensive Back of the year over the Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polumalu and the Philadelphia Eagles' Asante Samuel.

Good play-maker on the field. Bad decision-maker off it.

According to the report and the sources, at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 Aqib Muttaqi Talib went to his sister's home in the 900 block of Green Pond Drive in Garland (south of Bush Turnpike not far from Spring Creek Elementary and Hawaiian Falls Water Park). Saran, who was arguing with Billings, also called her mother for help. Police were directed to Saran's home via a 911 call by neighbors, who reported a domestic dispute and three shots fired at a black male by a black female. According to the report, police arrived to find Billings standing in front of a nearby residence. While interviewing him, officers discovered Billings was a suspect in two pending, related, family-violence offenses involving Saran and arrested him.

When initially questioned, both Saran and Okolo Talib said they knew nothing of an earlier incident at the house. Billings, however, led police to a gun he said belonged to Aqib that Billings had thrown in a neighbor's trash can after escaping his struggle with the player. After finding the weapon and calling forensic investigators to retrieve numerous spent shell casings in the street, officers took a statement from Billings.

According to the report, Billings said Aqib produced a handgun and "attempted to strike him in the face." During the ensuing skirmish Talib dropped the gun and Billings picked it up and began runnning, prompting Okolo to produce a gun and fire three shots toward him. Billings told police that Talib then took Okolo's gun, said "I'll shoot him" and fired at least two shots before Billings safely ducked into nearby woods. Neighborhood witnesses corroborated Billings' story.

GPD detectives are still investigating the case, but one of the sources said Billings' statement, physical evidence and the eyewitness confirmations would likely be enough to present a case to a Dallas County grand jury. Both Okolo and Aqib have retained lawyers and are, according to one source, not cooperating with investigators.

Anger-fueled, irrational and dangerous behavior by Talib isn't unusual.

After he was drafted in the spring of 2008 Talib was involved in a fight with fellow Tampa Bay rookie Cory Boyd at the NFL's Rookie Symposium during a budget and finances meeting in July.

In May 2009 he got into a fight with a teammate at a Tampa Bay minicamp and wound up hitting a peace-keeping player in the face with his helmet.

In August 2009 Talib was arrested in Florida and charged with simple battery and resisting arrest in connection with an alleged assault on a taxi driver. He was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, sitting out the 2010 season opener but still managed to intercept six passes before tearing a hip flexor and missing the final three games. As part of that case, Talib reached a monetary settlement with cab driver David Duggan to avoid a potential civil lawsuit, but was forced to perform 15 hours of community service and, last April, undergo eight hours of anger management before having the case dismissed in November.

And near the end of last season - after a heart-breaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens - Talib reportedly got into a cussing match with a referee and threatened to punch an official before being restrained by teammates.

The severity of Talib's latest trouble will come down to a determination by Garland police of whether he was shooting at Billings, simply firing in the air to scare him, or even shooting at all.


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Satchell
Satchell

It so sad that this happen and because Talib is rich he was able to trump up enough charges agaisnt the defendant to make him look bad, even though non of them stuck, but got all the charges drop. How many people you know can shoot in a neighborhood at some one five times and get off. I have no repest for Talib. Don't think you got away with it God knows what really happen and his punishment is way worst.

papergarland
papergarland

Garlands are also used in older forms of poetry like 'Old Meg she was a gypsy' and other older poetry.

A garland is also used in La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats, a poem often analysed for its portrayal of women pre-1914.

In the Bible (English Standard Version), Proverbs 4:9 describes Wisdom as: "She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."

Huckfin
Huckfin

Send this guy back to wherever his name originated.

Banjo Jones
Banjo Jones

Talk about the Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight -- pathetic!

John A
John A

Only in Garland can a high profile shooting like this take place and no one gets charged - maybe the investigation gives them time to make the cops a money offer they can refuse?

Pamela M Irwin
Pamela M Irwin

Did all of ya'll miss the part where it says the boyfriend had 2 prior complaints for family violence? Though I don't condone the way he handled it, it sounds to me like a brother protecting his sister. Yes, he deserves punishment if convicted but it seems to me that extenuating circumstances should demand a light punishment. If more men would stand up to abusers then there would be fewer abusers...just sayin.

Jimmy The Squeek
Jimmy The Squeek

What's the over/under on Talib residing within the friendly confines of the Texas Department of Corrections? I say 1.35 years, even with good lawyering at the ready.

kergo
kergo

Ahhhhh, this sounds like just a grand evening with the family! When I go visit with my wife's moms and pops, I always load a handgun just cuse'. AND at Christmas, I bring a bazooka in case my sister tries to attack my house with a tank. Typical evening:

-hug and tell each other how we miss each other-say it's been a long time-dinner and a few drinks-maybe some whiffleball-start the firepit and talk about the time my sister left me on Route 28 because I was being "annoying"-talk about the time my brother and I tried to drive to South America

.........then by the warm and amber glow of the fire; gunplay breaks out!

Two Words-Garland. Home of gar, and land-hencefore Garland; or translated inYiddish, means land of incredible smell. Or in Portugese, means land, or vast land with "not much going on", well, other than gunplay.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Sounds like a well adjusted young man in the 1880's, but in the 2010's...umm, methinks there may be a better way to handle it.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Great writing RW. It's great when you don't cut and paste and we can really see the talent. Sounds like the sister's bf is no angel, but firing a gun in a neighborhood is fun and games until an innocent bystander takes a bullet. This dude needs help. Even if it ends up being a misdemeanor, Goodell is going to have his ass for this one.

Beefcake Charlie
Beefcake Charlie

There's a lot of funny business that goes on in the GPD..at least there was about 9 years ago. I did nothing wrong yet one cop decided he didn't like me. As far as I know he still works there and I still avoid driving in that dump because of his actions.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

kergo
kergo

Allright, allright......enough talk, now back in the kitchen! I'm gonna need some lunch. Maybe rice, beans, on warm buttered HOMEMADE tortillas. Maybe some Brazilian style grilled flank steak w/7 spice and a hint of lime? AND I need laundry.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

If you shoot them on your property, it's justified. If they're running down the street, well, you get the picture. Thank you for your female courage strong Pamela.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im all for standing up for your sister, but leave the gun out of it. I mean even if the dude was beating the shit out of his girlfriend, someone else shooting him is not a justifiable defense. Whats the old saying, 2 wongs dont make a white or somesuch.

Ckergo
Ckergo

better get the ass condoms ready

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

so how do you like ur autodrafted team.. Did you see Richie Shitts bit of drafting every Ranger available? What a give up

kergo
kergo

I love you Jane -Mike Snyder

Herbert the pervert
Herbert the pervert

What if some of those shots he fired had hit an innocent bystander? Does protecting your sister make that okay? Quit defending stupid decisions.

The_Richie_Shitts
The_Richie_Shitts

How was it a bit? I drafted the best player available when it was my time to draft. Not my fault it happened to be a Ranger each time.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

dude, i told you my team was going to be awesome. I'm at least a .500 team.I couldn't get away to the draft, the house is busy around that time with 3 kids.

Herbert the pervert
Herbert the pervert

@Scott

Sorry Scott that was directed at Pamela. Not sure what happened. It won't let me reply to you now.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I hope you were not replying to me as your post states, if so maybe you could re-read what I wrote, yeou effing perv.

kergo
kergo

right on! but remember, it's garland. carrying your gun to kindygarten is cool.

The_Richie_Shitts
The_Richie_Shitts

I did just trade Treanor for Teagarden, but it had nothing to do with Treanor being traded to the Royals. I swear.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I have the best player in all of baseball bitches! Who cares about pitching!(a phrase both Tom Hicks and I have both utterred prior to a season starting)

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I know how that is, I had the lil broken shoulders wrapped up at 7:45 and just had to deal with the Mrs and lil girl shoulder..had alot of fun, good messaging and all but one of us took it serious..

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