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Caught on camera: Fight breaks out, deputies called to Lake George Project meeting

Deputies called to a disturbance at Lake George Project meeting. (Photo source: WLOX News) Deputies called to a disturbance at Lake George Project meeting. (Photo source: WLOX News)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A meeting in Jackson County about the proposal to create two lakes by building a dam near the Jackson-George County line turned ugly Tuesday night.

Jackson County Sheriff's deputies responded to a complaint of a disturbance going on at the meeting at East Central Community Center in Hurley around six in the evening.

According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, "One bumped into the other and the other slapped the other. We did a report on it." Ezell identified those involved as Sabrina Jean Smith, Elvis Mark Cumbest and Eddie Ray Manning

A video sent in to WLOX by a viewer shows the heated incident unfold. In the clip, it appears Cumbest, a Jackson County realtor, reaches toward Smith. She then comes in and slaps him. Then, Manning steps in and appears to sucker punch Cumbest.

No one was arrested, however, Ezell said Smith, Cumbest and Manning were told they could go to justice court and sign assault charges on each other.

"This is the first time that I know of that we've been called to a meeting like this.Let's let the system work. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Let's just remain calm and let the system work," said Ezell.

No serious injuries were reported.

This was the second Lake George Project meeting held in Jackson County hosted by the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. Those who oppose the Lake George Project fear it will harm the Pascagoula River Basin. Those in favor of the project said it will protect the Pascagoula River Basin by creating a water shed that will keep a consistent water level in the river.

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