Retired minister faces assault charge

By Sherry Matthews

June 3, 2014

A retired Clinton minister was jailed over the weekend after police say he fired shots at his son and was in a momentary standoff with an officer urging him to get out of his vehicle and put down his weapon.

Taken into custody was Luther D. Creech, 83, of 104 Jefferson St. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling (a motor vehicle), injury to personal property and discharging a weapon in the city limits.

The incident happened late Friday afternoon in the parking lot of Colonial Heights Free Will Baptist Church on Elizabeth Street, just a stone’s throw from Clinton High School’s athletic complex, where Relay for Life activities were just getting under way.

According to Clinton Police reports, officers were called to the church parking lot just after 3 p.m. When Officer S. McKoy arrived at the scene, he noted that Lt. Anthony Davis had his weapon drawn and was issuing verbal commands to a man, later identified as Creech.

The man, reports note, complied with Davis’ order.

After Creech was in custody, officers seized a .25-caliber handgun found inside the vehicle Creech had been in when officers arrived.

The incident began earlier in the afternoon when Creech’s son Danny went to his father’s Jefferson Street residence to talk with him about a domestic situation. What started out as a discussion turned into an argument and that, reports show, is when things turned violent, with the elder Creech allegedly threatening his son and going for a gun.

Police reports note that Danny Creech ran to his vehicle and was attempting to leave when his father fired shots at the car, striking the 2013 Jaguar twice.

The younger Creech continued backing out of the drive and called 911 for assistance as he was moving to a safer location.

Luther Creech was arrested and placed under a $350,000 bond. He remained in jail Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to make his first appearance in Sampson District Court Friday, June 6.