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TUPD officer assaulted while making arrest

A Melrose man allegedly attacked a Tufts police officer as the officer attempted to arrest him near Sophia Gordon Hall early Saturday morning.

Paul McClory, who is not a Tufts student, was arraigned at the Somerville District Court yesterday on charges of assault and battery of a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit a felony.

The Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) received a call at 1:21 a.m. on Sept. 6 saying that an individual had entered the Zeta Psi fraternity house at 80 Professors Row without permission.

McClory fled out the back of the house toward Latin Way and Talbot Avenue, according to a police report. When police followed in that direction, they saw a crowd of people standing on Talbot Avenue in front of Sophia Gordon Hall, TUPD Sgt. Robert McCarthy said.

The group was watching two white males wander away from the gathering; the men were yelling at each other.

An officer returned to Zeta Psi to retrieve the man who had originally called TUPD.

He was brought to the scene and identified one of the straying men as the person who had been inside the house.

The other male was said to have had nothing to do with the break in.

When the officers attempted to arrest the man for breaking and entering, he assaulted one of them, grabbing the officer and trying to throw him to the ground, the police report said.

McClory was then transported to the Somerville Police Department, where he was booked.

Giovanni Russonello contributed reporting to this article.

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