Gun pulled on coach: player returns

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South football coach whose player pulled a gun on him at practice says the former athlete was watching the team's first game from the stands.

Douglass High School Football Coach Marcus "Doc" Holliday came face to face with the teen who held him at gunpoint just about six weeks earlier at the MIAA Jamboree game.

Memphis City Schools will not allow Holliday to talk with us on camera now, but Holliday did talk with us shortly after 16 year old Marquette Wallace pointed a loaded gun at him.

"It was at this time he grabbed his pistol, cocked it, and pointed it at me," Holiday said in July.

Then Holliday says, Wallace made threats.

"I'll kill this, I'll kill this, I'll kill him, I'll kill him," Holliday said recounting what Wallace told him.

Wallace was placed in state custody after a July court hearing. A reporter asked the spokesperson for Tennessee's Department of Children's Services in Nashville why Wallace could already be out in public. Rob Johnson is only allowed to speak in general terms.

"There are many situations where the court places someone in DCS custody and they might not be placed in what someone would call a typical lockup situation," Johnson said.

Johnson did rule out the possibility that Wallace escaped, so that leaves two scenarios. Wallace may have been placed in a group home or a special foster home.

"There are often times where these young people are out in the community by policy, as long as they are properly supervised," Johnson explained.

Johnson says DCS evaluates kids carefully before deciding where to place them.

In the juvenile court system one of the fundamental issues is do these kids have a possibility at a second chance?" He said.

It's a possibility people at DCS must believe Wallace has. Johnson says DCS uses a scientific test to determine where to place a delinquent. In addition to criminal history, the test takes into account a young person's family history along with criminal influences.

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