East Texas Justice of the Peace Shot + His Wife Jailed
A Gregg County Justice of the Peace is hospitalized and his wife is jailed for allegedly shooting him during an argument over the weekend.
Gregg County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Sam Lawson is listed in critical condition. Jail records show Ira Lawson was booked Sunday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violence.
Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian says the shooting happened late Saturday at the couple’s home. Brian said police have a history of domestic-related calls to the residence.
A handgun has been recovered. Brian had no details on the owner.
Lawson was elected justice of the peace in 1987.