Parkersburg Police: Juveniles Attack Off-Duty Officer

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email

Two teenage boys are in a juvenile holding center after beating-up an off-duty police officer; that's according to Parkersburg PD.

It happened just before 8 p.m. Friday on Avery St. close to Van Devender Middle School.

Investigators say 63-year-old Doug McClain was driving home with his wife from Walmart when he saw a 15 and 16-year-old boy in the middle of the street.

McClain exchanged some words with the teens from inside his car and then stepped out.

That's when police say the two boys attacked McClain, one of them punching him in the head, the other hitting him with a collapsible baton.

McClain suffered minor injuries- some bumps and bruises, lacerations and cuts behind an ear.

"He's a pretty tough officer. He's old school. He's been around a long time. He did what he was supposed to do as a police officer. He confronted a problem and unfortunately for him it escalated to fight with these two individuals," said Chief Joe Martin.

McClain is a 39-year veteran of Parkersburg PD.

Chief Martin says his wife called police from inside the car. When they arrived, the boys ran off but police soon caught up to them.

They say the teens were drinking before the fight. Chief Martin also says investigators recovered the baton used against McClain.


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