Man Who Pointed BB Gun at Centralia Police Officer Gets 17 Months in Prison

By The Chronicle

A Sequim man pleaded guilty Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court to threatening a police officer with a BB gun earlier this year. 

Mark E. Grover, 35, pleaded guilty to one charge of second-degree assault while armed with a firearm and was sentenced to 17 months in prison. 

According to court documents, chemical dependency played a role in the crime. 

On March 15, police responded to the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia after receiving a report of a vehicle prowl. 

Police identified a suspect based on a witness’s statement and told him to stop. 

Grover allegedly turned toward an officer and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at him. 

The gun was later determined to be a BB gun. 

According to court documents, the officer chose to not pull his own weapon for fear it would give Grover, who was between 3 and 5 feet away, time to shoot. Instead, he charged and tackled Grover. 

Grover allegedly had methamphetamine in his possession at the time of the incident, but was not convicted of that crime. 

Grover has been in custody in the Lewis County Jail on $200,000 bail since his arrest.