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UPDATE: Tatum Police Chief, officer resign amid controversy

UPDATE: KLTV has learned that Tatum Police Chief Ron Martin and officer Jeffrey Brock resigned at last night's city council meeting. Their resignation is effective two weeks from last night.


Tuesday evening, Tatum City Council took on controversial allegations against their police chief.

Resident Tonia Comacho is accusing Chief Ron Martin of forcing her out of her home when he responded to a domestic disturbance call between Comacho and a Tatum police officer she was living with.

"The chief of police walked in, he never asked me about the incident, he never asked me a question, he said, 'Get your butt up and leave, or I'll take you to jail,'" explained Tonia Comacho, "'He said, 'I don't care what Rusk County said--this is my town.'
Police chief Ron Martin--he picked up one basket of my clothes and set them out on the curb by my car in the rain."

Comacho claims that the Rusk County Sheriff's Department had already taken care of the situation, but Martin arrived anyway and demanded that she leave.

"We all make mistakes, but instead of fixing it, the chief panicked…all he had to do was apologize and I would walk away from this because everyone makes mistakes," Comacho said.

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