Council member accuses Deputy Mayor of assault

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma city council member Gary Wright has filed charges with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office against Yuma Deputy Mayor Edward Thomas. Wright says an incident occurred on October 20th during the City Council’s executive session. In the official complaint Wright says, while discussing a topic on the agenda, Thomas rose out of his chair and moved towards him in a threatening manner while yelling obscenities. He adds that Thomas had to be restrained by another council member.

We contacted YCSO, they told us they are investigating the claims but could not give any more details then that. Wright says he will support what ever decision YCSO and law enforcement makes, adding that he believes in the justice system. He says the confrontation will not affect his duties to the city and he feels the public should know about the situation. We contacted the city of Yuma and they could not comment on the allegations.

Edward Thomas is an employee with the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Office. Wright also sent an official complaint to them, in the complaint Wright says “I feel he is dangerous and is a significant threat to me”. We contacted border patrol that could not comment on the accusations made by Wright.

We reached out to Edward Thomas for comment but have not heard back from him at this time.

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