Centralia Woman Jailed After Machete Incident

(CENTRALIA, IL) — A 51-year-old Centralia woman is in the Marion County Jail after she barricaded herself in her home following an incident where she reportedly pulled a machete on Centralia police officers. According to Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison, officers were conducting a follow up investigation in the 300 block of South Walnut Street over an allegedly stolen dog. Susan R. McGuire was reportedly in possession of the stolen dog and during an initial interview she allegedly attempted to flee from officers and ran into her house in an effort to avoid arrest. Officers pursued McGuire into the house at which time she allegedly picked up a machete, raised it above her head and began advancing towards officers. Officers deployed a taser in an effort to subdue her, but it had little effect and she was able to run into a nearby bedroom and told officers she had a firearm. Officers then set up a perimeter around the residence and South Walnut was closed between Third and Fifth streets. The Centralia Police Department requested assistance from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Special Response Team. Members of the ILEAS SRT responded to Centralia from numerous agencies throughout southern Illinois and assumed the tactical operations of the incident. After attempts to get McGuire to exit the residence were exhausted, chemical munitions were deployed. When McGuire still refused to exit the residence, entry was made to the residence and McGuire was taken into custody without further incident. Subsequent to McGuire being taken into custody, officers located the stolen dog unharmed in the residence and the animal was returned to its rightful owner. Central City and Wamac Police also assisted on scene and with other calls for service during the incident. During the incident, an arrest warrant for Aggravated Assault was obtained for McGuire, as well as a search warrant for the residence. During a search of the residence a machete and a pellet pistol and pellet rifle were taken as evidence. McGuire was unable to post bond and was taken to Marion County Jail where her bail is currently set at $15,000.