LIVERPOOL, England – An Oklahoma City coach is being charged with murder after allegedly attacking and killing an off-duty police officer.
According to the Daily Mail, 30-year-old Christopher Spendlove and 28-year-old Andrew Taylor are accused of murdering 36-year-old Neil Doyle, a police constable.
British authorities say Doyle was enjoying a night out with colleagues when Spendlove and Taylor began an “unprovoked and vicious attack” on three off-duty officers.
Officials say Doyle died from bleeding around the brain. The other two officers were treated for facial injuries.
Spendlove and Taylor are facing a charge of murder and a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to kill.
According to the Daily Mail, Spendlove and Taylor are close friends who played soccer together while studying at Oklahoma City University.
Spendlove stayed in the United States and became an assistant coach for Oklahoma City Energy FC.
The Oklahoma City Energy FC’s General Manager, Jason Hawkins, released the following statement:
We are stunned by the news today of murder charges being filed against OKC Energy FC assistant coach Chris Spendlove in England stemming from an altercation involving several individuals on Friday, December 19. The incident resulted in the death of an off-duty law enforcement officer. Details of the incident will be forthcoming as the matter winds its way through England’s legal system including the extent in which Chris was involved. Given the seriousness of the charges, we have made the decision to dismiss Chris from the organization. That said, we are deeply saddened by the news of the incident and our hearts go out to the family of the police officer who lost his life. We are also disheartened for Chris. As an assistant coach, he was always professional and conducted himself in a proper and respectful manner. Our thoughts are also with him and his family during this difficult time.