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PCSO jails man after exchanging gunfire with deputy Sunday



LIVINGSTON – An off-duty reserve deputy sheriff and a suspect who threatened residents living in the 2200 block of FM 2798 south of Segno exchanged gunfire at about 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement released Monday evening by Chief Deputy Byron Lyons of the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Polk Co. Sheriff's Office received a call reporting that Paul Welch was en route to their residence to cause a disturbance. Reserve Deputy Jay Burks, who was off duty at the time, responded to the area and parked a short distance away waiting to see if the suspect showed up. After waiting some time for Welch to arrive, Burks pulled up into the residence and was standing on the porch talking with the complainant and other family members when a vehicle stopped in the roadway and began shooting at the residence. Burks returned fire at the vehicle, which sped away. Burks called for backup and secured the scene and witnesses. No one at the location was injured, but Burks' vehicle was struck several times by shots allegedly fired by the suspect. Units from Polk Co. Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety established road blocks in the area in an attempt to locate the suspect vehicle and Welch. At 11:47 a.m. Monday, Polk Co. Sheriff's Office Lt. Andy Lowrie and Capt. Rickie Childers spotted the vehicle on Holly Grove Road. Welch was arrested without incident and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


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