Man Pulls Gun At Game, Now Charged With Assault - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/20/08

Man Pulls Gun At Game, Now Charged With Assault

A Lubbock man faces felony charges, after a children's soccer game turns violent.

Tye Burke, 25, was free on bond Monday, after authorities arrested him Saturday afternoon at the Berl Huffman Complex. Lubbock Police say he pulled a gun on another parent during a fight. Now, he's charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Lubbock Soccer Association is not commenting until they learn more from investigators. Authorities say they're still in the early stages, but we can tell you that police responded to the soccer fields at Berl Huffman around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  That's when they took Burke into custody.

Investigators tell NewsChannel 11 that Burke got into a fight with the female coach of his child's soccer team. The soccer association tells us the children playing at the time were between seven and eight years old. Apparently, the coach's husband tried to stop Burke from yelling at his wife, and that's when the two men got into an argument in the stands. The police report states that the victim pushed Burke, and then Burke pulled a handgun and pointed it at the victim's head. Police say an off-duty prison guard tackled Burke, and got the gun away from him.

Investigators say Burke does have a concealed handgun permit, but in this situation it just compounds possible action. "The laws pertaining to a concealed handgun permit, only allows you to carry the firearm on or about your person. Beyond that, the laws that apply to using the firearm, displaying the firearm, things of that nature are the same for anybody," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

Captain Stevens tells NewsChannel 11 that they will send Burke's permit to state authorities, and they will decide if any additional action will be taken.  Since this appears to be an extreme reaction, NewsChannel 11 asked if investigators suspected that Burke was using drugs or alcohol at the time. Right now investigators say they don't have any indication that he was, but they say their investigation is still ongoing.

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