UPDATE: Alex City Mayor and Wife Face Assault Charges
The mayor of Alex City is facing assault charges after a fist fight Monday night in council chambers.
Authorities say the fight happened during a council meeting Monday night between Mayor Shaw, his wife and councilman Tony Goss.
The two got into a heated exchange over city finances. Shaw says during the exchange, Goss swore at his wife, which prompted the brawl.
Goss says once the meeting was over, Shaw rushed across the table to approach Gross and punched him in the face. More punches were exchanged before city employees and others attending the meeting could break it up.
The mayor was booked in the Tallapoosa County Jail Tuesday afternoon on 3rd degree assault charges. The mayor’s wife Laverne Jackson Shaw also turned herself in connection to the fight. She was also charged with 3rd degree assault. The couple was released on a $1,000 bail. Their court date is set for May 24.