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Man Tased, arrested after assaulting police officer

April 10, 2017 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — A man who got into a physical fight with a police officer was Tased prior to his arrest, officials said

The officer sustained minor injuries to his hands and arms and had some personal property broken during the altercation, said Sgt. Raul Garzon, Bullhead City Police Department spokesman.

Aaron Michael Welch, 36, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Hancock on suspicion of aggravated assault of a peace officer, resisting arrest, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a stolen weapon by a prohibited person, control of stolen property and criminal damage, all felonies, as well as for a misdemeanor warrant issued by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay fines.

An off-duty officer reported recognizing Welch, who is known to have warrants, at a restaurant, Garzon said. The officer told dispatch that Welch attempted to leave when he made eye contact. Police were dispatched to the location.

Welch reportedly ran toward a small retaining wall on the property and was observed throwing an item over the wall, Garzon said. Welch then got into a physical altercation with a responding officer, who sustained minor injuries. Welch was Tased by a second officer.

A search of the area behind the retaining wall showed a black revolver with wood grips, Garzon said. The gun was identified as a Smith & Wesson .38 Special. A check of the serial number showed the weapon was reported stolen in November during a vehicle burglary in Kingman.

Welch was medically cleared and booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.