• Memphis City council candidate arrested for pulling gun outside polling station, police say

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A candidate running for District 7 city council seat has been arrested for pulling a gun at a Memphis polling station.

     

    Memphis police arrested and charged Thurston Smith with aggravated assault. This arrest comes one week before Election Day. 


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    A spokesperson for the Shelby County Election Commission told FOX13 the race for District 7 will go on and Thurston Smith’s name will remain on the ballot. Police told FOX13 this incident started out as an argument over money between Smith and one of his former campaign workers, Anthony Johnson.

     

    “Something like this didn’t have to go that far you know,” said Johnson.

     

    Johnson said Smith owes him $2500 but he hasn’t been paid in months. He said that’s why he approached Smith at the polls last Monday, September 16. After the argument, Johnson said Smith pulled the gun on him as Smith was leaving the polling place.

     

    “If you’re walking away from a situation, you don’t turn around and then bring a pistol out you know, it don’t make sense,” said Johnson.

     

    Smith is charged with a felony. 

     

    City council’s Attorney Allan Wade told FOX13 if Smith is elected and convicted of the felony, he will have to resign from city council.

     

    Smith was arrested on Wednesday and posted bond later that day. Smith's bond was $5,000.

     

    So FOX13 called Smith for a comment but he didn’t answer. FOX13’s Kirstin Garriss also went to this home where he declined to comment. Since the incident, Johnson said he hasn’t reached out Smith and he hasn’t heard from him either.

     

    Johnson said he’s also pursuing legal action soon.

     

    “The bottom line is he owe me, you know,” said Johnson. And that’s what the conversation was about that day. I was telling him, I was going to file legal action against him and I was going to go all the way with it and he got mad.

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