Police arrest man for hitting officer
CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A northeast Iowa man accused of beating a Cedar Falls police officer close to unconsciousness on Christmas was arrested Monday after being released from a hospital, authorities said.
Zachary Church, 27, was arrested after he was released from Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, according to the state Division of Criminal Investigation. Church has been recovering from injuries sustained after Officer Bob Anderson shot him.
Church, of Parkersburg, has been hospitalized since the Dec. 25 early-morning shooting. Anderson said he approached Church while he was asleep behind the wheel of a running car, and a subsequent altercation led to the shooting.
Anderson, a 20-year veteran with the department, said he first asked Church to take a seat in his patrol car. Authorities say Church wasn't under arrest or handcuffed, and Anderson was simply investigating the situation.
Church is accused of suddenly attacking Anderson by punching him. Anderson said he felt himself losing consciousness, and warned Church that he would shoot him if he didn't stop. Anderson then shot Church, and responding officers helped detain him.
Church faces charges of assault against a peace officer and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Court records do not list an attorney.
Church was taken to the Black Hawk County Jail on Monday but records show he is no longer there. Authorities are still investigating Anderson's use of lethal force in the case.