High school football player waves gun at coach after argument

High school football player waves gun at coach after argument
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - A high school football player in Memphis avoided arrest after police say he pulled a toy gun on an assistant coach after practice.

Memphis police responded to Fairley High School around 7 o'clock Tuesday evening on an aggravated assault call. More than a half dozen police cruisers arrived at the school.

Investigators say the assistant football coach got into an argument with one of the team's starting cornerbacks. The player reportedly left practice saying, "Wait until I get back."

Not long after that, the coach saw someone wearing the same exact clothes as the player, but this time he also had on a white ski mask and was waiving a black handgun.

Police found the player, Malik Warren-Upchurch, at his house still wearing the same clothes. Next to him, police found a black toy handgun.

Coach Kelton Moore told police he did not want to press charges against Warren-Upchurch.

Fairley High School is a charter school run by Green Dot Public School.

"This was an isolated incident," Gabriel Sanchez a spokesperson for Green Dot Public Schools told WMC Action News 5. "No other students at that time were even aware of what was going on. So there was no threat to student safety at all."

Green Dot says the student will be disciplined in accordance with school policy, though school administrators are still working out the exact parameters of that punishment.

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