Man shot by Tacoma police pleads not guilty to assault, obstruction

Staff writerSeptember 23, 2013 

A man shot by a Tacoma police officer in June has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault and obstructing an officer in the incident.

Cesar Beltran, 53, was released on his personal recognizance after his arraignment Friday.

Among other restrictions while he awaits trial, Beltran isn’t allowed to have “hostile contact with law enforcement,” according to court records.

Beltran is accused of hitting Tacoma police officer Michel Volk with a piece of metal June 29 at the intersection of East Portland Avenue and East 28th Street when she asked him to move along as he appeared to be panhandling at the intersection, according to court records.

Volk told Beltran repeatedly to drop the metal, court records show. He moved away from her, and she used her stun gun on him, charging papers say.

When that didn’t seem to work, and Beltran raised his arm like he was going to hit her again, she fired her service weapon at him, according to the papers.

Beltran suffered life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized until Aug. 20.

Volk suffered minor injuries but returned to work mid-July, the department said.

Records show Beltran pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree theft and felony harassment in 2012 for pulling a knife while appearing to ask a man in a vehicle for money at East 39th Street and East Portland Avenue.

He also faces residential burglary and third-degree theft charges for allegedly breaking into an unoccupied house in May.

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