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Date Released: 1/2/2007
Subject: Attempted Murder Arrest
Contact: Brenda Godsey
Case No#: 200608019
Released By: Brenda Godsey, PIO

Location: Eureka

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Eureka man Sunday night after he locked himself and his girlfriend in an apartment and threatened to kill her. At about 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, deputies responded to an apartment on the 2200 block of Stanford Street in Eureka after receiving a report that a man was threatening to kill his girlfriend and himself. When deputies arrived they heard a woman screaming. A witness who had fled from the apartment confirmed the man inside was armed with a knife. Believing the woman inside with him was in immanent danger, sheriff’s deputies made entry into the apartment. Inside, they came to a locked bedroom door. From behind the bedroom door the male suspect told deputies he would kill the woman if deputies did not leave.

Still believing the woman was in immanent danger, deputies kicked the door open. Inside the bedroom the suspect, Mark Christopher McClung, 32, was standing with a knife in one hand and his other arm around the neck of the woman. The woman was able to spin away from McClung and a deputy fired his Taser at McClung. McClung dropped his knife and fell on a nearby bed. He was arrested without further incident.

The woman was treated a local hospital for cuts to her hands.

McClung was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for Attempted Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, False Imprisonment, Threatening a Crime with the Intent to Terrorize, and Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer. His bail has been set at $500,000 and he is expected to be arraigned on Thursday.