Alabama mayor, councilman charged with assault after fight

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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 5:16 PM
Alabama mayor, councilman charged with assault after fight

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) — A city council member in Alabama says the town's mayor punched him in the face at the end of a council meeting, leading to a fracas involving several others.

Alexander City Councilman Tony Goss tells Al.com (bit.ly/21eo68z) that Mayor Charles Shaw slugged him as Monday night's meeting was concluding and that he punched back. No one was seriously hurt.

Shaw tells the news site that Goss swore at his wife, which prompted the brawl. The mayor said he'd hit Goss again if he swears at his wife again.

Al.com reports that the fight happened after a heated discussion of finances during the meeting.

Tallapoosa County Chief Deputy Sheriff David McMichael says Goss and Shaw were each released on $1,000 bail. It wasn't immediately clear if they have attorneys.