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By Elizabeth Matthews

PAGEDALE, Mo. (KSDK) - A Pagedale alderman is behind bars after police say he broke his wife's wrist because he was upset that she had cooked chicken for dinner.

James Thomasson, 78, is charged with second degree felony domestic assault. Those that know him best are shocked to learn about the charges and what happened around 10 p.m. Monday. Police say the argument started over what was for dinner.

County police say the incident happened at their home in Pagedale when Alderman Thomasson got upset over what his wife had cooked for dinner. She told police he got verbally, and then physically abusive, grabbing her wrist, twisting it, and breaking it. Police say she told him to leave the room and she left driving herself to the hospital.

"This is the first thing I ever hear anything negative about him in 30 years," said fellow Alderperson Pauline Catmet. She says Thomasson is a good man and seemed to have a good marriage.

"When she see him and get ready to leave, I see her kiss him and you know, this is a shock to me," she said.

Women's Safe House director says the ages of the suspect, 78, and wife, 68, is not a shock.

"It doesn't surprise me at all that the incident occurred, it doesn't surprise me that it allegedly was about food, or that the age group is over 65," said Sylvia J. Jackson, executive director of Women's Safe House, who adds they've seen an increase in older abuse victims.

"One in three women, that's one in three in our lifetime is going to be a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault now there two of us talking but if the cameraperson was a female it would be one of us," said Jackson.

Catmet says everyone deserves a second chance, but the Pagedale Aldermanic Board needs to meet and discuss the criminal charges to see if Thomasson will remain an alderman.

"This is the first time something like this ever happened," said Catmet.

If you or anyone you know is affected by domestic violence there is help available. Call the Women's Safe House at 314-772-4535, visit their website, or visitALIVE or Saint Martha's Hall.