Off-duty officer assaulted by teens

PARKERSBURG – An off-duty Parkersburg police officer was injured after being assaulted by two inebriated teenagers on Friday, an official said.

Officer D.E. McClain, 63, of the Parkersburg Police Department, received unspecified injuries during the assault, according to Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin.

McClain “received injuries from this incident, but is doing fine,” Martin said Monday. McClain has been with the Parkersburg Police for 39 years.

At 7:50 p.m. Friday, McClain was driving in the 3300 block of Avery Street when he encountered two juvenile males walking in the center of the road, Martin said. McClain spoke to the juveniles from inside his vehicle for a short time, and the youths became belligerent, he said.

McClain exited his vehicle after the juveniles acted out, Martin said. At this point, the two juveniles became combative, Martin said. McClain was allegedly punched in the head by one juvenile, he said.

The second juvenile allegedly produced a weapon described as a collapsible baton, which he used to strike McClain multiple times, Martin said.

Calls were made to the 911 center about the incident, and on-duty officers responded to the area to locate the juveniles, Martin said. They were discovered in the area around VanDevender Middle School, he said.

The two youths fled the school area when they noticed the police officers, Martin said. The 15-year-old suspect was arrested near the intersection of 24th Street and Murdoch Avenue. The 16-year-old was arrested in the 1200 block of Lynn Street a short time later, Martin said.

Both juveniles were determined to be under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred, Martin said.

Wood County Circuit Judge J.D. Beane ordered the two juveniles to be placed in an unspecified secure juvenile facility, and Parkersburg Police Detectives have been assigned to investigate the case, Martin said.