Nov. 29: Keeping tabs: The Dallas Morning News has video of a standoff near Lubbock last month between Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight and a man who confronted Knight and a hunting companion about shooting doves too close to his home.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Police reports of an alleged shooting incident involving Bob Knight differ slightly from the account given by the Lubbock man who said the Texas Tech coach or his hunting buddy fired birdshot his way.
James Simpson told The Associated Press that birdshot came into his yard three times on Oct. 21 and three times he yelled from a distance at Knight and the other man to move away from his home to hunt dove.
But, according to the police report, he only told the officer about just one instance when birdshot hit his house, after which he yelled at the two hunters to “back up.” Then, the report states, a pellet struck his head. Simpson told the AP that pellets hit his neck and back.
Simpson said Thursday his account of the incident to the AP did not differ from the one he gave to police last month.
“I can’t tell you how the police write their reports,” Simpson said. “I can tell it the way I know it.”
The pellets, Simpson said, did not break the skin and he did not require medical treatment.
Police closed the case Nov. 2 and released narrative reports by officers Wednesday.
The reports also indicate Simpson canceled an Oct. 24 appointment with police investigators to file an affidavit about the incident because of what he said was a business conflict.
On Oct. 26, police sent a letter to Simpson advising him he needed to make an appointment again so his affidavit could be obtained.
Simpson called on Nov. 22 and was told the case had been closed, the reports show.
Simpson told the AP that Knight and another hunter, Bob Curtis, came to the field early in the morning of Oct. 21, and their shotgun pellets landed in his backyard on three occasions.
Simpson, 51, who did not report the alleged incident to police until the next day, said he yelled to the two men each time to stop shooting so close to his house.
Simpson said he believed the pellets were strays, but was uncomfortable they were hunting near his home. After yelling three times for the hunters to move farther from his house, Simpson took a video camera from his home and confronted the pair.
He said when he returned to his yard afterward, pellets struck his neck and back as he stood with his back to the field and cleaned his swimming pool.
No pellets were collected by police, the report states. Simpson “had already cleaned up the pellets,” according to the report.
Knight declined to comment earlier this week. His attorney, Jim Sims, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.
A call to Curtis’ business Thursday was not immediately returned.
Don Taylor, a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said Simpson also complained to his agency. Another game warden went to Simpson’s house to look into his claims.
“We did an investigation and closed it up,” said Taylor, adding that state law prohibits projectiles from guns landing on people’s property. “There wasn’t enough that we could prove exactly what happened. If anything else comes up, we’ll look into it.”
In the video, Simpson is heard saying, “I asked you nicely to move down. You’re too close to my house.”
A short time later, Knight says, “You didn’t ask us to move down. You swore and cussed ... you were swearing and cussing and yelling. I don’t need that. If you ask us politely, I’ll be glad to do it.”
The nation grieved for those hurt, killed and affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. After one of the suspects was caught on Friday — following a day-long lockdown and manhunt — sports returned to Boston over the weekend.
Simpson has previously been on the other side of criminal complaints in Lubbock County, but none resulted in convictions. Two misdemeanor assault cases were dismissed in 1993. A charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was dismissed in February 2006.
The day before Simpson says pellets struck his property, a woman who keeps her horses at a neighboring barn was hit by a pellet from Knight’s gun. Knight apologized, said Mary Ann Chumley, and she accepted.
Chumley said hunting in the field used by Knight and Curtis isn’t as wide open as it once was.
“There’s just too much here now,” she said. “There’s too many buildings, there’s too much livestock, there’s too many homes that didn’t used to be here 20 years ago.”
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