Fistfight disrupts Tunica County Board of Supervisors meeting

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TUNICA, Miss. -- A Board of Supervisors meeting got a little tense as fists started flying Tuesday afternoon.

It all started when Board President James Dunn and Board Vice President Henry Nickson Jr., reportedly got into a verbal altercation about halfway through their noon meeting inside the Tunica courthouse.

WREG's Kristen Holloway reached out to both men for a statement.

Nickson Jr. said the board was trying to approve some jobs, but Dunn kept bringing up funding for it.  Some words were reportedly exchanged between the two about past projects and funding requests when Dunn stated he deserved some respect from his vice president.

“He said I need to respect him and I said 'I'm not going to respect you', and with my back turned to him and I was looking at the County administration and the crowd I was blindsided with a punch,” said Nickson.

Police had to break up the ensuing fist fight.

“I was shocked I consider him my mentor, I hold not ill will against him, it’s just was wrong to be assaulted,” said Nickson.

Nickson says he wants to sit down with Dunn and work this out.

“I know one thing, I'm not trying to divide Tunica and I'm just trying to level out the lies. It wasn't a fight. I was blindside. What was I supposed to do?”

We reached out to Dunn for comment but so far have not heard back.

A witness sitting in on the meeting corroborated Nickson Jr.'s story.

Authorities said they are investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.

Dunn has been on the board for more than 30 years, while Nickson Jr. is serving his second term as a board member.