Man accused of calling police officer racial slurs, assaulting him

Court records say Michael Jerry Cornwell, 57, of Cedar Grove is charged with assault during the commission of or attempt to commit a felony. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

Cedar Grove police said a man is charged after he called an officer racial slurs, threatened him and then assaulted him near the police station.

Michael Jerry Cornwell, 57, of Cedar Grove is charged with assault during the commission of or attempt to commit a felony after an incident that occurred Tuesday on Alexander Street, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Police said Lt. J.W. Ivy Jr. was getting out of his patrol car at the station when Cornwell stopped his vehicle in the middle of the street and called him a racial slur. The officer said he asked the suspect not to call him a racial slur again.

The complaint said Alexander used the racial slur three more times, and the officer attempted to get Alexander out of his vehicle for threatening an officer. Police said Cornwell swung at the officer, and the two began to wrestle through the window of the vehicle. The suspect continued to swing at the officer during the altercation and to threaten him, the complaint said.

Alexander is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $2,500 cash only bond.

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