Prescott man charged with battery of officer
PRESCOTT -- A Prescott man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court last month with attempted battery of a peace officer, a felony bringing a maximum penalty of $5,000 and/or three years prison.
Aaron E. Litscher, 29, 630 Broad St. S. No. 4, has also been charged with resisting an officer and criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors, stemming from a September incident in the City of Prescott. He had his first court appearance on the charges Monday.
According to the complaint, Prescott police were dispatched to Litscher's address Sept. 26 for a possible domestic. Police were also informed it had been physical and they heard some glass break.
Upon arrival, Prescott Police Officer Krystal Johnson spotted Litscher outside his home and said twice she wanted to talk to him. He responded with profanities both times. In her report, Johnson noted she could smell intoxicants coming from Litscher.
Litscher ran back into his home, slamming the door on Johnson, who then received assistance from Officer Jeff Beltz. Shortly after Beltz's arrival, Johnson told Litscher the pair was coming into the house. Litscher charged at the door, slamming it against both Beltz and Johnson, again screaming profanities. As a result of slamming, it split the entire jam and it broke.
The complaint continues, stating Litscher grabbed at Beltz, so Beltz took hold of Litscher's shoulders and directed him to the ground. While Beltz was trying to subdue Litscher, he scratched Beltz several times, drawing blood on his arm, elbow and wrist. He ended up biting Beltz's shoulder and spat on him.
Johnson told Litscher that, if he didn't relax, the taser would be used. Litscher responded by using both of his feet to kick Beltz in the chest and pushing him into a fence. Johnson then used the taser to subdue Litscher.
Litscher was eventually put into handcuffs, but again was using profanities toward Johnson and Beltz, and asking why the taser had to be used. At that point, he was told he was being arrested for resisting/obstructing an officer.
Litscher continued to put up a fight after the taser to the point a Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy was called in to assist. Litscher was transported to the Pierce County Jail in Ellsworth, while Prescott Police interviewed a witness at the scene.
The witness told police there wasn't any fighting or yelling. When police noticed the front window was broken, the witness admitted, after initially denying it at first, Litscher broke it with a football. The witness also said Litscher was as violent as he was with police officers because of what happened previously. Litscher pled guilty last September to a charge of battery and was placed on a deferred prosecution agreement. The complaint states Litscher was upset at the writing of that report.