PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KFOR) – An adult soccer referee is facing complaints that he fired a gun at fans and a soccer player after an argument over a red card.
“When you recklessly fire a gun at a crowd of people,” said Pauls Valley Police Deputy Chief Derrick Jolley. “It’s a miracle no one was hurt.”
Officers said at around 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Pauls Valley Sports Complex near Grant and Indian Meridian, referee Davi Bazeth showed a player a red card to eject him from the game.
“Hey! Hey! Hey!” a bystander said on video of the incident obtained by KFOR News, before the shot was fired.
“The incident started to escalate, kind of heated up, [I] believe there was a scuffle,” Jolley said.
After the fight over the red card, the referee is seen on video running off the field towards his brown Nissan van. Seconds later, Bazeth can be seen emerging with a pistol in his hand.
According to the police report, the hardcover player saw “Davi working on the gun action, pointing the gun in his direction and that of other spectators and players near the playing field, and firing a bullet from the gun.”
“It’s very dangerous,” the deputy chief said. “It could have been a very bad situation. You have families there, you not only have adult spectators and players, but you have children in the area.
Police said Bazeth got back into his truck, sped up and left the fields in the dust.
However, police say the referee didn’t get very far before Bazeth was arrested. During the arrest, police said they got his .380 caliber pistol from his truck.
“Even small arms can still produce death,” Jolley said. “Completely reckless.”
Bazeth is facing complaints for pointing a gun. He is due for arraignment Friday at 11 a.m. in Garvin County.
According to online court documents, this is Bazeth’s first criminal offense.
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