OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee High School basketball coach Demetre Riles was accused of pulling a gun on a man while on school property last month.
According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Offfice report, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Noah Wenrick was dispatched to the high school after a report of an aggravated assault on March 31 at approximately 7:15 p.m.
The deputy spoke to Riles and to a woman who witnessed the altercation. The woman told Wenrick she was at the school talking to Riles when Trevor Rowe pulled into the parking lot. She said Rowe was obviously upset and as he approached. She said Riles pulled a gun from his truck and told him to leave. The two men began fighting, and after onlookers broke up the fight, Rowe left.
Rowe told Wenrick he went to the school because he knew Riles and the woman were there talking and he was worried about Riles’ temper. He said that when he arrived, Riles pulled a gun on him, and he put his hands up in the air and said, “I didn’t come here for that.” Rowe said he then walked to the woman’s car and said, “Let’s go.” He said this was when the fight became physical, and he left after the fight was broken up.
Neither Riles nor Rowe wanted to press charges, but when the school board was notified of the incident, they chose to press charges against Riles for displaying a firearm in an aggressive manner on school property, during a school function, and Wenrick applied for a warrant for his arrest.
The incident happened after a Chobee Nation basketball practice and according to one witness, there were still students in the area.