Man Accused Of Assaulting, Threatening To Kill Officer

A Johnston County deputy was injured after responding to a disturbance call near Clayton.

Officers responded to a home on Farmington Drive off Amelia Church Road around 7PM Saturday.

When they arrived, deputies said they encountered a man later identified as 30 year-old Gregory Joseph Cox, of the address.  When Cox reportedly saw the officer he lunged towards him and during a brief altercation was detained and placed in handcuffs.  Cox said he hated Johnston County deputies and then threatened to kill the officer, according to Detective Lt. Don Pate.

While being taken to a patrol car, Cox allegedly began kicking and grabbing at the officer.  He was able to violently kick the officer in the leg, causing an injury.

While being transported to the Johnston County Jail, the suspect allegedly kicked a laptop computer mounted in the patrol car.

Cox was given an $80,000 bond on four charges including assault on a government official, communicating threats, assault causing physical injury on a law enforcement officer, and resisting a public officer.

The deputy’s injury was not serious.