MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Tempers flared, police were called, and a near fight was broken up in front of where Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford claims to live.
According to MLGW, the Whitehaven apartment Ford said he lives in has not had working utilities since 2011.
Thursday, when Local 24 went to the apartment trying to get answers, the situation spiraled out of control.
The county attorney is now looking into whether Ford's residency is legit.
Ford doesn't want to talk about it. When we tried to ask questions, he called the police...and then his father.
And it all ended with people trying to break up a fight.
Ford didn't want to answer any questions about whether he lives in the apartment.
According to MLGW records, utilities at the Whitehaven property were disconnected for non payment in December 2011.
Records show he only attempted to get the utilities turned back on June 19th, days after the county attorney began a residency investigation into fellow commissioner Henri Brooks.
“He is in and out. He is Justin Ford, I guess,” said resident Jonathon Burgess.
Ford didn't like Local 24 being on the property, so he called the police.
Then cable show host Thaddeus Matthews showed up, trying to ask Ford the same questions.
“They want us to believe that Justin Ford is living in an apartment that hasn't had utilities on in the past few years,” Matthews said.
Moments later, Justin Ford's father, former Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford, arrived and that is when things got really interesting.
Joe Ford and Justin Ford lunged at Matthews and had to be held back.
“He's upset because I'm taking his picture. And then he tells me he is going to whoop my (expletive), and I said Joe and me are gonna go there,” Matthews said.
Matthews said this is not how he expected the day would end. He was trying to get the truth.
“Are we to believe Justin Ford is paying $585 a month, living in a place that doesn't have any utilities? Or do we have a resident manager of a low income apartment complex taking up for a politician?” Matthews said.