Man arrested for pointing gun at Yuma police


Man arrested for pointing gun at Yuma police

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Yuma, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) – We now know more on the gunshots many of you reported hearing early this morning.

Yuma police have arrested a man who ran from an officer and then pointed a gun at him.

This same man then ran through Pop-A-Top Saloon and got into it with a bouncer who wrestled his gun away.

Police then chased down and arrested a man who has now been identified as Marco Velasco. Tonight he is behind bars at the Yuma County Jail.

Velasco has been charged with a list of crimes, including attempted second degree murder.

Police would not say why they charged the 30-year-old with attempted second degree murder.

But we do know the responding officer heard gunshots while on patrol and then saw four men in a fight near Avenue A and 23rd Street. That's when all four took off running.

KSWT News 13 spoke to Officer Joe Franklin, with the Yuma Police Department, who said, "I would recommend if someone sees an individual with a weapon, don't wrestle him, just let him go. Get a good description of him. At that point we had a lot of officers in the area. It's commendable what he did, but he put himself at risk."

Nobody was hurt in the early morning chase.

Bond for Velasco has been set at $500,000.

He is due back in court on Tuesday, February 19.

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