Father pulls gun on son's baseball coach in Bartlett

By Jamel Major - bio | email

BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - Bartlett police say what started as a simple argument at a weekend baseball game ended with a fight and a gun being pulled on a coach.

Late Thursday night, Nicholis Williams, 29, turned himself in to Bartlett police.

Williams allegedly became upset with the coach of his son's baseball team because his son was not getting enough playing time during game, and pulled out a loaded pistol.

The incident happened Saturday at a baseball field next to Shadowlawn Middle School.  According to investigators, Williams started using profanity during his son's game, and was asked to leave. Williams complied, going to the field's parking lot. The police report says the coach of the team, Joseph Powell, went over to Williams and calmly asked him not to use profanity in front of the kids.

That's when Powell said Williams told him to "Shut the (expletive) up."

The police report says Williams then pulled a firearm out from under the floor mat of his vehicle, put a bullet in the chamber, and pointed it in Powell's face.  Powell told police he grabbed Williams' arm and pulled it over the car door, causing Williams to drop the gun.  Powell told officers he then took Williams to the ground to keep him away from the gun.

According to police, several witnesses who saw Powell and Williams arguing said Williams told Powell to get away from his car.

Witnesses also claim that after Williams pointed the gun, Powell began choking Williams.

It took several people to break up the fight.  We're told at least four men held Powell down while Williams left the scene.

The city of Bartlett has no law banning guns in parks.

As of the time this story was posted, Action News 5 had been unable to contact both Powell and Williams for comment.

After appearing in court Friday morning, Williams was released on $20,000 bond.

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