A man whose feud with his father resulted in a criminal investigation is held in the county jail on $2 million bond.
As a result of a Nov. 19 incident in southwestern Texas County, Gary D. Welch, 42, whose address according to official court records is 4906 Highway Z in Houston, has been charged with four felony offenses and two misdemeanors.
Texas County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Anderson charged Welch with felonies of second-degree assault on a law officer, unlawful discharge of a firearm, theft of livestock and resisting arrest, as well as misdemeanors of first-degree trespassing and second-degree property damage.
During the incident, which took place on County Line Road and Welch Road in the Mountain Grove area, Welch is accused of trying to steal dozens of his father’s cattle, attempting to ram a deputy’s patrol car while the deputy was inside, assaulting the deputy, resisting being taken into custody, firing several shots in the direction of his father and father’s wife, damaging gates to his father’s property and trespassing.
After reportedly traveling out of state and then returning, Welch was booked into the Texas County Jail on Nov. 29 and is held on $2 million bond.
He was also named as a suspect in a Nov. 11 incident at his father’s property in which numerous bales of hay were burned and a quarter-mile of fencing was damaged.