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Centralia Man Jailed After Allegedly Attacking a Centralia Police Officer

September 25, 2016

A 51-year-old Centralia man is being held in the Marion County Jail for aggravated battery, resisting a peace officer, and unlawful use of weapons following a Friday morning incident where he allegedly grabbed hold of a Centralia Police Officer by the neck who was trying to question him.

Centralia Police say Gregory McCray of Cormick Street following a command to put down a mallet he was carrying, but would not obey an order to put his hands up and take them out of his pockets. McCray allegedly grabbed the officer around the neck, grasping his shirt collar and radio microphone, when the officer tried to remove McCray’s hand from his pocket.

The officer eventually punched McCray. The punch caused McCray to let go and temporarily put his hands behind his back. At that point, police removed a large stainless steel butcher knife from McCray’s left pocket and threw it away from the altercation.

McCray was eventually handcuffed and taken to the Centralia Police Station and later the Marion County Jail.

The initial complaint had come from the Circle K store on East McCord where McCray allegedly was swinging the mallet around the parking lot. McCray had already left the store before their arrival, but found him walking a short distance away on South Pleasant where the confrontation took place.

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