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Baseball Coach Arrested After Arguments With Umpire and Police

A Casper baseball Coach was arrested yesterday at the Field of Dreams Baseball complex, after a dust up with an umpire on Thursday, June 22nd.

Christopher P Magrum, Courtesy of the Casper Police Dept.

A Casper baseball coach was arrested at the Field of Dreams Baseball complex, after a dust up with an umpire on Thursday, June 22nd.

According to an arrest affidavit witnesses reported that a baseball coach, 38-year-old Christopher P Magrum of Casper, and gotten into an argument with an 18-year-old umpire. A dispute had arisen between the two over the number of outs called for the team opposing Magrums.

Some witnesses report that Magrum shoved the umpire, Magrum reports however that he was shoved as well.

Officers arrived at the scene, shortly after 9:00 pm on Thursday. Police were notified by other people at the ballpark of the argument happening on field six.

Police say that they made contact with Magrum inside the Field of Dreams complex, but away from the field. When approached, police report that Magrum became extremely agitated, yelling, and began to walk away. After requesting identification from Magrum, officers say that Magrum refused to do so.

During the exchange with police, a woman identified as Magrum’s mother attempted to intervene between the two, but police advised the woman to remove herself from the situation.

Officers write in the arrest affidavit that Magrum abruptly turned towards police, “face to face, posturing, and thrashing his arms.”

With assistance from a Sheriff’s Deputy, the arresting officer was able to take the suspect to the ground and secure him in handcuffs, however police describe Magrum as struggling and shouting.

At one point police say that Magrum identified an arresting officer from the gym and saying that he wanted to fight him.

Magrum is quoted in the affidavit “I will see him at the gym and we will have a riff, you can tell him,” “he might want to bring his badge along to protect himself” and “I will brush elbows with that mother [expletive] again.”

During questioning following being taken into custody, investigators say that Magrum reported that he had been walking to his truck to get his wallet to present ID to police, when he reported being followed and badgered by an officer. Magrum reporting that the officer was “rubbing up against” him. He further reported being punched in the face, thrown to the ground, and handcuffed.

Magrum was booked into jail under recommended charges of disturbing the peace and interference.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.