Just after midnight Saturday morning, Emergency 911 received a call claiming that a man had been beaten and was now sitting in a chair on the side of the road.
When Columbus Police Officers and first responders from the Columbus Fire Department and arrived on scene in the 2200 block of Fifth Ave. S., they found an unresponsive older man slumped over in a pale pink recliner.
Neighbors identified the man as “Kent” and told EMT’s that he had a known drinking problem. His family then arrived on scene and identified him as Kent McGregory.
EMT’s checked McGregory for wounds but he would rouse just long enough to push their hands away. Reaking of alcohol, many on scene speculated that McGregory was just drunk and had stumbled into the chair while trying to make his way home.
However, McGregory’s family disagreed and wanted him taken to the hospital to be checked out. McGregory barely spoke and was unable to tell anyone what happened to him or how he ended up in the chair. It took half a dozen people to help him rise from the chair onto the stretcher.
As he was being loaded onto the stretcher, a neighbor mentioned that his clothes were dishevelled; his shirt was unbuttoned and his blue jean shorts were unzipped and appeared to be soaked with urine. However, both his shoes were still tied.
Once on the stretcher, McGregory again tried to fight the EMT’s until a family member told him, “It’s OK, Kent, it’s OK.”
Once at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, it was discovered that at some point during the night, McGregory has sustained serious head trauma. He was immediately transported to the University Medical Center in Jackson and placed in Intensive Care. As of press time Wednesday evening, McGregory was still in the hospital but no longer in intensive care.
Chief of Police Selvain McQueen said investigators canvassed the area and are pursing leads in the case.0