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UPDATE: Cedar Falls police issue 2 warrants for Zach Church

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Officer Bob Anderson, 2006. Photo courtesy The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Officer Bob Anderson, 2006. Photo courtesy The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Police in Cedar Falls have now issued two warrants for a man shot by police on Christmas morning.

Zach Church, 27, allegedly assaulted an officer after the officer woke him from a car he was sleeping in around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Church was then shot multiple times by the officer and taken to the hospital, where he is expected to recover.

When he does, police plan to arrest him and charge him with felony assault on a police officer and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, according to Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson in a Thursday morning release.

Both charges are class D felonies.



Cedar Falls police have released the name of a suspect shot by an officer early Christmas morning.

The shooting happened near Second Street and Hudson Road in Cedar Falls around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Chief Jeff Olson says 27-year-old Zachary Church was sleeping in a parked car near the intersection, and the car was still running.

Police say an altercation happened after the investigating officer got Church out of the car, and discovered marijuana.  

According to Chief Olson, Officer Bob Anderson was putting Church in his patrol car when Church fought back, hitting Anderson over the head.

Olson says during the altercation, both Anderson and Church were at one point on the ground.

Anderson fired his weapon twice, hitting Church.

Olson says other officers were arriving to the scene at the time the shots were fired.

Both were taken to the hospital. Police said Anderson was released after treatment of facial and head injuries, while Church remains in the hospital in stable condition.

Charges against Church are pending his release from medical treatment.

An officer on scene told KWWL there was not a danger to the public.

The case has been turned over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is a standard procedure when an officer-involved shooting occurs.


KWWL internet director Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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