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BOISE - A man was arrested in Boise Saturday morning after police say he attacked an officer.

The officer was responding to a report of a fight when she spotted Robert Gregory Watford, 37, walking on Overland Road a short distance from where the fight was reported. Because Watford matched witnesses' description of the man who had instigated the fight, the officer stopped to speak to him.

But when she approached the suspect, Watford suddenly ran toward her and punched her several times in the face and head, police said. The officer moved away and pulled out her gun, but Watford continued to move toward her.

A witness who saw the officer get hit began walking toward her in an apparent attempt to help. As Watford was distracted by the witness, the officer holstered her gun, and drew a Taser. When Watford ignored commands to stop coming toward the officer, then turned toward the witness, she deployed the Taser, striking Watford.

He was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail. The suspect has been charged with felony battery on an officer and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing.

The officer, who has been with department for nine years, was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for a head injury.

Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said the officer is OK, and was released the same day.

She did get a couple of good blows to the head, though, Hightower said. But she's back on patrol, and she's doing well.

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