LEESBURG, Fla. (TCD) -- Police took a 40-year-old man into custody after he allegedly retrieved his gun at a youth football game because a parent from the opposing team said their son was "better than his."
According to a probable cause affidavit, on Sept. 30 at 6:46 p.m., Leesburg Police responded to Leesburg High School after several people called to report a man carrying a gun on campus and threatening people. The suspect, who police identified as Quan Isom, allegedly tried to leave the scene in a gray Dodge pickup truck. Officers, however, arrived in time to conduct a traffic stop in the school’s parking lot.
Police told Isom and his wife to get out of the car. His wife exited the vehicle, cooperated with commands, and informed police Isom had a gun. Isom allegedly began arguing with police and even threatened to kill the K9 on scene. Once he exited the car, he reportedly refused to get on the ground when ordered to by police, so he was "eventually escorted to the ground and detained."
The affidavit says Isom’s wife told police they attended the matchup because their young son plays in on a Pop Warner football team, a youth league. The game was going on at the same time as the Leesburg High School homecoming. Isom allegedly argued with parents from the opposing team, which is when the parent "made a remark about their son being better than his and it upset the defendant."
Isom allegedly walked back to his car and spectators in the area saw him retrieve the gun and place it in his waistband. The parents subsequently fled the scene.
Police wrote in the affidavit Isom "carelessly and openly displayed the firearm during the school-sanctioned event of homecoming and the Pop Warner football game." Isom’s wife reportedly "rushed to him and urged him to calm down and get in the truck."
His wife reportedly told the responding officers she made Isom place the gun under the driver’s seat. She said Isom was drunk, which police confirmed after finding empty beer bottles and whiskey. Police also located a revolver that was "ready to fire due to the location of the rounds in the cylinder."
Isom has 11 prior convictions, so by law he is not allowed to own a gun.
Lake County Jail records show Isom was booked on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a gun on school property, carelessly exhibiting a weapon, and resisting without violence. His bond is set at $40,000.