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Charges: Loch went for cell phone while charging officer, had previously had gun in hand

LITCHFIELD -- Cassidy Jared Loch, 24, of Litchfield, was apparently reaching for his cell phone while charging at the Litchfield Police officer who shot him on March 15.

According to the criminal complaint against Loch, he did not follow the commands issued by Officer Travis Rueckert during the early morning incident and appeared to reach for a black "thing" on his right hip while charging at the officer, who discharged his firearm at Loch approximately 10 times.

The "thing" was later discovered to be a cell phone and case. However a pistol belonging to Loch was found outside of the vehicle involved in the case. It was fully loaded with the safety off.

Loch made his first court appearance Friday on the Meeker County chargers. He faces a felony for attempted fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, plus charges of driving while impaired, carrying a pistol while intoxicated and reckless handling of a firearm. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next court appearance is Aug. 27.

Read more about the charges in Saturday's West Central Tribune.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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