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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, July 1, 2013
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Waterloo Man Arrested for Interference with Official Acts after Charging Officers with Knife

Waterloo, IOWA --- Thirty-nine year old Richard Allan Anderson was taken into custody today after the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) secured warrants for his arrest.  Anderson is being charged with one count of Interference with Official Acts While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon, a Class D Felony.

Warrant, Complaint & Affidavit

On May 15, 2013 at approximately 1:05 PM, the Black Hawk County Emergency Communications received a 911 call from an individual, indicating a white man with a knife was making statements indicating he “would not be taken alive.”

Waterloo Police Department officers responded to the 200 Block of E. 4th Street in Waterloo to investigate the report.  Upon arrival, officers located Anderson, who matched the subject description given by the 911 caller.  Anderson was carrying a knife and repeatedly yelled at officers, demanding they shoot him.  Anderson refused to follow the officers’ repeated commands to drop the knife and he continued to advance toward the officers.

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson, 39 years.

Officers eventually fired upon Anderson to mitigate the threat he posed to himself and the officers.  Anderson was shot multiple times before receiving emergency medical treatment.  His injuries were serious and Anderson remained hospitalized until this arrest.

Through the course of the investigation DCI agents later learned that Anderson was the original 911 caller.

Anderson is currently being held on $100,000 bond at the Black Hawk County Jail.

After the shooting incident all officers involved in the incident were interviewed.  One officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

For additional questions, please contact Special Agent Jack Liao with the DCI at 319-277-4601.

It should be noted that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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