Kenneth McGregory was arrested early Tuesday morning after police drew their guns to get him to surrender. E-911 received multiple calls throughout Monday night and early Tuesday morning reporting that McGregory was going up to house and kicking doors down on Southside. Officers responded to the area of Bell Avenue Monday evening where McGregory reportedly was but failed to locate the subject.
A woman then called into E-911 just after midnight and told the dispatcher “Kenneth McGregory just kicked my door in.” Officers Underwood, Pearson, Grammar, Thrasher and Gaines responded to the scene but McGregory had already fled. The woman then told officers that McGregory was known to carry two butcher knives with him at all times. The officers canvassed the area but were once again unable to locate the subject.
Just a few shorts minutes later the woman called E-911 again stating that McGregory was back. Officer Underwood was on scene in less than a minute and saw McGregory stumbling across the street as he approached. By the time Underwood got out of his car, McGregory had made his way to the front porch of 1601 6th Avenue South. The officer smelled alcohol and instructed McGregory to come off the porch before informing him that he was under arrest for public intoxication. McGregory, or “Kent” as he is commonly known began to curse Officer Underwood and refused to come off his porch.
Officer Thrasher then arrived on scene and also instructed McGregory to come off the porch. Kent got out of his chair and was then instructed to turn around and face the wall. McGregory got out of his chair and stood against the wall but then turned back around to face the officers. As he did so, Officer Thrasher noticed McGregory reaching towards the chair.
Officer Thrahser then saw a carving knife sitting next to McGregory as the subject made a move for the weapon. Thrasher then yelled at the subject to “Put the knife down!” and drew his sidearm and pointed it at the subject. The officer again yelled “Put the knife down!” before McGregory complied. Officers Thrasher and Underwood then secured the subject and placed him under arrest.