Mt. Pleasant meeting erupts in fist fight

Mt. Pleasant meeting erupts in fist fight

MT. PLEASANT (AP) — An argument between two Mt. Pleasant commissioners ended in a fist fight during a budget meeting, but no charges were filed. The argument Wednesday between Bob Shackelford and Steve Kirk started over the authority of the city manager, according to The Daily Herald in Columbia, which had a reporter at the meeting. Shackelford told Kirk he was done arguing, but Kirk said he wanted to continue discussing the issue. “We can discuss it as long as we want to discuss it,” said Kirk, who is 67. Shackelford, 72, replied, “Well you go ahead, fat mouth, and say something.” Shackelford then stood up, struck Kirk several times in the head and dragged him to the floor where he continued to hit him. City Manager Richard Goode ran to the fighting officials and separated them, then put Shackelford in a headlock. Kirk’s glasses were broken in the struggle and Shackelford’s left arm was bleeding. Police officers responded and took statements, but Police Chief Tom Wilson said Kirk declined to press charges. Shackelford apologized to Kirk and said what he had done was wrong. Kirk declined to comment. The argument began when Goode said he had put the city’s street sweeper back into service after the commission recommended parking it to save money. Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.columbiadailyherald.com Published in The Messenger 6.6.08

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