Union-Bulletin Court Report

A Walla Walla man was arrested Saturday night after allegedly punching a police officer in the face.

Police first responded to reports of a man with a gun at 10:32 p.m. at Pioneer Park, but they later found a car on the 1100 block of Whitman Street — associated with the people connected to pointing the gun at a man in the park, reports said.

Four people, one of whom was Jerardo G. Torres, 18, were on the home’s porch where the car sat in the driveway. Torres matched the description of the man who pointed a gun at another man, reports said.

Police circled back to the home and the four people had entered the car, reports said, but the driver, Torres, got out with his right arm behind his back. Police asked him to put his hands up, but he didn’t comply, and two officers tried to arrest him, but he resisted and punched one of them in the face with a closed fist, reports said. Police then used a Taser to subdue him. He received minor injuries.

The vehicle was searched and a replica gun that unfolds into a knife was found, according to the police’s social media page.

Torres was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail for investigation of third-degree assault and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

The investigation continues.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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