Authorities: Grapeland man shocked officer with own Taser

Nickolas Wollford (Source: Houston County Jail)
Nickolas Wollford (Source: Houston County Jail)

GRAPELAND, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement authorities arrested a 26-year-old man Sunday after he allegedly resisted arrest, took a Taser from a Grapeland Police officer, and used the weapon to shock the public servant before barricading himself inside his residence.

Nickolas Donald Wolfford, 26, of Grapeland, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, resisting arrest, search, or transport, taking or attempting to take a weapon away from a peace officer, criminal trespass, and evading arrest. Collectively, his bond has been set at $78,000 for the five charges.

According to the arrest affidavit, the GPD responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 300 block of Grapeland's Sycamore Street at about 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. The caller claimed that Wolfford was standing on his or her front porch making threats and demanding that they come out and fight him.

When the Grapeland Police officer arrived on the scene, he found a belligerent Wolfford on the caller's front porch. The officer told Wolfford that he was being arrested for trespassing, and the suspect disobeyed a command to turn around before attempting to run into his neighbor's residence, according to the affidavit.

The GPD officer then stopped Wolfford on the porch and attempted to make the arrest. When Wolfford ignored the officer's commands and continued to resist, the GPD officer drew his Taser and attempted to "contact stun" the suspect. According to the affidavit, Wolfford fought with the officer in an attempt to wrestle the Taser away, and in the process, discharged the weapon into the officer's hand.

Wolfford wound up with the Taser and ran off the porch after the officer fell down to the ground. While Wolfford was in the yard, he turned and pointed the Taser at the police man. When the GPD officer pulled his pistol and prepared to fire, Wolfford turned and ran across the street to a neighbor's house, the affidavit stated.

Then when the police officer got across the street, he again pointed his pistol at Wolfford and ordered the man to lie down on the ground. Wolfford dropped the Taser and ran back across the street to his house, where he barricaded himself, according to the affidavit.

The arrest affidavit did not state how Wolfford was taken into custody, and no officers from the Grapeland Police Department were available for comment Tuesday.

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