(HorizonPost.com) – The mayor of a small Tennessee town was arrested last weekend and charged with domestic assault after he allegedly body-slammed his girlfriend’s son following an argument over yard work, the New York Post reported.
Last Sunday, Landon Mathis, the mayor of Burns, Tennessee, reportedly agreed to pay the boy $40 to do the weat-eating. But when the boy asked for payment, Mathis refused and allegedly assaulted him, according to the arrest affidavit from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office obtained by WSMV.
The victim, identified as KP in the affidavit, told authorities that he went inside the home to talk to his mother about getting paid for the work when Mathis grabbed him by the collar and shoved him onto the couch.
KP alleged that the 45-year-old Mathis continued to push him hard enough to leave marks on the side of his neck.
The boy’s mother then tried to break up the scuffle and told her son to go to his room.
But as he started to leave, KP alleged that Mathis “stepped on his feet.” The victim tried to push Mathis away, prompting the mayor to grab the boy and body-slam him. The victim alleges that Mathis got on top of him and placed him in a neck hold, twisting and pushing on his nose.
Dickson County deputies who responded to the incident took Mathis to Dickson County jail where he was charged with domestic assault.
Landon Matthis has been the mayor of Burns, a small town of just over 1,500 people, since 2012.
In 2016, Matthis was hailed a hero for saving the life of former Burns mayor Jeff Bishop after he suffered a massive heart attack.
According to an August 2016 report in the Tennessean, Bishop collapsed while he and Mathis were doing a flooring job for Mathis’s business. Mathis performed CPR on the former mayor, saving his life.
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