A rec league basketball coach for 14- to 16-year-olds turned himself into Philadelphia police after firing a gun during a game Saturday.
Maurice Tavares was facing charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses. Taveres, from suburban Chester, has a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Philadelphia.
Tavares’ team was winning but the other team began a comeback and Tavares got into a confrontation with spectators. When the opposing coach, a 45-year-old, tried to defuse the situation, Tavares pulled a gun from his waistband and fired it into the air above the coach and the bleachers. Police said the bullet broke a window.
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No one was injured in the incident. There were about 70 people in the gym.
Tavares’ lawyer, Eugene P. Tinari, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that his client was confronted by 15 to 20 spectators who were “backing him against the wall” and he “had no means of escape.”
Tinari said Tavares acted “within the bounds of the law” and was defending himself when he fired a warning shot into the air with his fully licensed .45 caliber gun.