Centralia man arrested after attempt to grab officer’s gun, steal squad car

CENTRALIA — A 26-year-old Centralia man has been charged in Marion County Court with the alleged attempted theft of a police car and for the alleged assault of a police officer.

Bryce McCray
(Source: MCSO)

Bryce McCray was arrested after Centralia Police responded to his father’s home on East Cormick Street Tuesday.

Upon their arrival, McCray reportedly came out of the house, grabbed the handle of an officer’s pistol and then ran to the car, got inside, and locked the doors.

He reportedly attempted to drive off with the car, but the officer turned off the vehicle from his remote key fob.

McCray then reportedly took a fighting stance against the officers and told them he was going to kill them. He was subsequently pepper sprayed and taken into custody.

He reportedly became physically aggressive after being transported to the police station and had to be tasered as approximately a half-dozen officers were attempting to restrain him.

McCray was ultimately taken to the Marion County Jail and was formally charged in Marion County Court Wednesday with Class 3 felony theft and Class 4 felony aggravated assault of a peace officer.

His bail was set at $7,500 and he was ordered to have no contact with the home at 419 East Cormick in Centralia. He’s next scheduled to appear in court February 15 with his court appointed attorney.