UPDATE: NBC 10 has learned Edric Smith, who is accused of attacking a softball umpire during a game, is a Pineville Police officer.
Below is a statement from Pineville Police Chief Donald Weatherford:
The Pineville Police Department has been made aware of the arrest of a Pineville Police Officer in Monroe, LA on August 31, 2018. Sgt. Edric Smith was arrested by University of Louisiana at Monroe Police Officers. He was arrested and booked accordingly into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Facility charged with Battery of a School or Recreation Athletic contest Official without incident.
Sgt. Smith was off duty and not engaged in police action at the time of his arrest. Our Department has been in contact with University Police and a full internal investigation will be conducted along with the criminal investigation by the University Police Department.
The Pineville Police department is disappointed by the events surrounding this arrest; but will investigate the incident thoroughly and in accordance with Civil Service Law. The Department takes serious any claim of misconduct and has strict policies regarding an officer’s behavior on and off duty.
(9/3/2018) A 45-year-old Pineville softball coach is facing charges after police say he attacked an umpire during a game.
According to an online police report, ULM Police say they were called to the softball fields at ULM Univeristy Park off Bon Aire Drive around 11:30 p.m. on September 1, 2018. The caller said a man was hitting an umpire on the field.
When they arrived, officer spoke with the suspect, Edric Smith. Smith says the umpire threatened his daughter. However, a man who identified himself as the umpire allegedly attacked by Smith called NBC 10 to share his side of the story.
He says it was near the end of the game, with two out, and a player was on second base. That player, he later found out, was Smith’s daughter. The umpire says in softball, players cannot leave the base until the ball is out of the pitcher’s hand. He says he noticed the girl trying to leave early.
He says he told the girl “Don’t come off the bag early, or I’ll have to call you out, and your coach might want to fight me.” According to the umpire, when the girl got to third, she spoke with the coach at third, who was Smith, her father.
The umpire says that is when Smith came up to him, asking why he threatened his daughter. In the police report, this is when Smith is alleged to have been nose-to-nose with the umpire. Smith is accused of grabbing the umpire by the shirt, and hitting him at least three times with a closed fist.
Police say they spoke with three witnesses, all who said Smith attacked the umpire. Officers say after they Mirandized Smith, they say he admitted to the battery.
Smith was arrested and was charged with Battery of a School or Recreation Athletic Contest Official.