The Richland County Sheriff’s said they received a call at 9:44 Thursday morning that a gun had discharged in Richland County Commissioner’s office. Mike Skidmore is now facing felonious assault charges after a scuttle in the Richland County Commissioners office led to a discharged gun, a bitten face and two security guards being sent to the hospital.
During a 2 p.m. press conference, Richland County Sheriff Steve Sheldon revealed two security guards had been taken to MedCentral Health System with injuries. Sheldon said the fight broke out when the county commissioners began the closed section of their weekly meeting and asked everyone to leave the room.
The Mansfield News Journal reported Skidmore became upset when asked to leave. He asked the clerk if he could take a picture of her nametag, grabbing her shoulder and turning the tag around.
A struggle ensued when the commissioners called security guards to remove Skidmore from the room. As Skidmore fought back, one of the guards reportedly reached for his gun, accidentally discharging it and hitting the wall.
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