Livingston man accused of shooting at family, deputy

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Livingston man accused of shooting at a residence on Sunday. A reserve deputy on the scene had to shoot back at the suspect and the suspect was arrested on Monday.

According to a press release, Reserve Deputy Jay Burks, who was off-duty at the time, responded to the 2200 block of FM 2798, at 9 p.m., after someone called the sheriff's office saying that Paul Anthony Welch, 39, was on the way to the residence "to cause a disturbance."

Burks arrived at the scene and parked a short distance away to see if Welch would arrive, then walked to the porch and spoke with caller and other family members. According to the report, Welch pulled up near the residence and began shooting at it.

Burks shot back and Welch drove away. Nobody was struck in the incident, but Burks' vehicle was hit several times by Welch's gunshots, according to the report.

Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office located Welch on Holy Grove Road at 11:47 a.m. on Monday and arrested him without incident.

Welch is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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