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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, January 6, 2014
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Parkersburg Man Arrested on
Assault and Drug Charges
After Assault on Cedar Falls Police Officer

Cedar Falls, IOWA – Twenty-seven year old Zachary Lee Church of Parkersburg, Iowa, was arrested today upon his release from Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on two warrants for Assault Against a Peace Officer (708.3A(1)) and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (124.401(1)(D)).  Both charges are class D felonies.  The arrest was made by Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Deputies with the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.  These charges stem from an incident on December 25, 2013, where Church assaulted Cedar Falls Police Officer Bob Anderson, during a traffic stop, leading to Officer Anderson having to shoot Church, wounding him and stopping the assault.  During the subsequent investigation into the shooting, evidence was obtained that led to drug charges being filed.

    Complaint - Assault Against a Peace Officer   
    Complaint - Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver

Since the time of the shooting, Church has been hospitalized at Sartori Hospital in Cedar Falls.  Today he was transported to the Black Hawk County Jail.  Church remains in custody on $45,000 dollars bond.

Zachary Lee Church

Zachary Lee Church

The DCI investigation into the use of lethal force by Officer Anderson in this incident is still ongoing and the results of that investigation will be forwarded to the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office for their review.

Any further questions can be directed to Special Agent Scott Reger at 319-277-4601.

It should be noted that 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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