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Talib not tested for gunshot residue



Investigators did not test Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib for gunshot residue after a March 21 shooting in Texas, according to documents released by authorities Monday.

Talib, 25, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon two weeks ago after Garland, Texas police said he fired a handgun at Shannon Billings, 40, his sister's live-in boyfriend.

Talib's mother, Okolo, 58, also was arrested and charged with firing shots at Billings during a domestic dispute. Okolo Talib was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possesion of a firearm.

Police observed and detained Billings shortly after arriving in the 900 block of Green Pond Drive to investigate a report of shots being fired. While invesitgating the incident, Talib's sister, Saran, and Okolo returned to the scene. All three were 'processed by forensics for gun shot residue,' according to documents by the Garland city attorney's office.

Talib fled the scene after the shooting, police say, and was unavailable to be tested for gun shot residue.

Through his attorneys, Aqib Talib has 'vigoursly,' denied charges filed against him.

The 22-pages of investigative reports and arrest warrants released Monday paint a picture of domestic violence and handguns in the two-story house at 942 Green Pond Drive in Garland, a suburb northeast of Dallas.

Police recovered a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun from Saran Talib for safekeeping. A witness, Linda Jones, led police to a trash can behind the couple's home where Billings had concealed a black sem-automatic 9mm handgun.

Police initially responded to domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Green Pond Drive at 4:07 p.m. on March 21. Saran Talib reported she had been arguing with Billings, who became 'enraged,' knocked the cell phone from her ear, smashing it on the floor. Police noticed a 'minor injury,' to Saran Talib, according to documents.

Billings fled the scene. When police returned to the home about 3 1/2 hours later on reports that gunshots had been fired, they observed Billings and eventually arrested him on charges of misdemeanor battery and interference with an emergency call.

Billings told police that Aqib Talib pointed a 9mm handgun and threatened to pistol whip him before the gun slipped during a struggle. Billings retrieved the handgun, which he said was jammed after striking a fence. Billings told police he fled to a wooded area in fear for his life.

About that time, Billings told police Okolo Talib arrived at the scene, jumped out of her vehicle and began firing shots at him. Eventually, Aqib Talib gained possession of his mother's handgun and fired shots at Billings, according to the arrest warrant.



[Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 7:02pm]


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