Police confront man at Catholic church

Post-Bulletin staff

A 33-year-old man was taken into custody during the weekend for allegedly hitting a police officer during a confrontation at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester.

Lt. John Edwards said police were called at 12:30 p.m. Saturday because the man was on the altar and refused to get down. The church, at 328 11th Ave. S.E., was preparing for a funeral.

The man wouldn’t get down when police talked to him and laid down when police tried to restrain him. When he did get down, he charged a police officer and hit her in the face with his fist. Police said he was shot twice with a Tazer stun gun and taken to Saint Marys Hospital.

There was no damage at the church.

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