2 arrested in incident with shots fired


Two men were arrested after what started as an argument ended in shots fired at a Tortosa home early Tuesday morning. 

Aaron G. Pollard, 34, was arrested and booked into Pinal County jail on suspicion of aggravated assault involving a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm at a structure, endangerment, criminal damage, unlawful discharge of a firearm, misconduct involving weapons, disorderly conduct involving a firearm and being a prohibited possessor of a firearm, according to Maricopa police. 

According to police, Eryx Ziegler, 42, also was arrested and booked on suspicion of false reporting and resisting arrest. Ziegler had a pre-adjudication warrant for his arrest and two aggravated-assault warrants. At about 12:30 a.m., Maricopa police responded to a report of shots fired at a home on North Vemto Street in Tortosa. Officers contacted the two men outside the home arguing.  

Pollard was in his vehicle, where officers reported finding an unholstered and loaded Glock 9mm pistol on the passenger seat. Police reported that Pollard denied any weapons being in the vehicle.  

Police reported seeing a bullet hole in the driver’s side window of Ziegler’s vehicle, which was in the garage. Officers said Pollard had fired the gun at Ziegler,  

Maricopa police contacted Ziegler in the garage, where gunshots reportedly were fired before officers arrived. Police told Ziegler to put his hands above his head. He did not comply and told officers that nothing happened, and they were not allowed to be at his home, police said. 

According to a probable-cause statement, officers continued asking Ziegler to put his hands above his head before they grabbed him, attempting to put him in handcuffs while he struggled. They eventually took Ziegler into custody and found that he had the outstanding warrants. A witness told officers that during the argument, he heard a man who sounded like his neighbor, Ziegler, yell, “Do it, do it, do it,” and, “Are you going to pull a gun on me?” 

Neither Pollard nor Ziegler would give officers details about the argument. 

According to Pinal County jail online records, Pollard has a court hearing at Pinal County Superior Court on Feb. 7. 

Ziegler has two scheduled court dates, one at Maricopa City Court on Feb. 1, and one at Pinal County Superior Court on Feb. 3.