Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Lawmaker arrested after allegedly punching his wife

Lawmaker arrested after allegedly punching his wife

MS state house speaker, and fellow Republican, Philip Gunn, released a short statement on the incident.

The state rep then yelled that "the cops are here" inside his home before stumbling back outside while slurring his speech and slowly walking in a "zigzag pattern", according to the report.

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, R, made a similar statement Tuesday, requesting that McLeod vacate the position "if in fact, these allegations are true", the Herald reported. The deputy added that McLeod was so drunk that he needed to grab a handrail to keep upright.

The Clarion Ledger reports GOP Rep. Doug McLeod was arrested over the weekend in Lucedale, and a George County Sheriff's Department report seen by the Sun Herald reveals some disturbing details. Deputies report McLeod had punched his wife and bloodied her nose.

Another woman, who was present at the time of the alleged assault, said McLeod's wife came running up to her room before she locked the door with her inside.

Republican Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said that he has been unable to get a direct statement from McLeod since the incident, but that he plans to call for McLeod's resignation if the allegations turn out to be true.

MS lawmakers called for state Rep. Douglas McLeod's resignation amid allegations of domestic violence.

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Police reported finding blood on the couple's bed and bedroom floor.

The 58-year-old McLeod has represented George and Stone counties since 2012.

Deputies took McLeod into custody at the scene.

She reportedly told deputies that he "just snapped", something that she claimed happened often when he was drinking.

"The other woman said McLeod banged on the door and threatened to kill her "(expletive) dog". Here's a tweet from State Sen.

In response to a question about whether McLeod should stay in the Legislature, Morgan told The Associated Press: "Gov. Bryant believes that if the allegations are true, he should resign".

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, sheriff officials said. He is unopposed for re-election this year, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State's office.

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