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Mason City man allegedly strikes police officer in face with door leading to violent struggle

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested after striking an officer with a door and allegedly placing his hands around the officer’s neck during the struggle.

The violent incident is still under investigation, but the trouble started early on September 24, when a “rolling domestic” incident was reported to police in the vicinity of a rental house at 515 8th Street SE.

Uniformed Mason City police officers arrived and located a male and female inside a garage off the alley behind the residence. Police say evidence suggested that the truck in the garage and at least one of the two persons in the garage may have been involved in a “rolling domestic, road-rage incident; or a hit and run nearby.” In front of the residence, there were tire tracks that indicated someone had driven off the road, across the sidewalk, up into the yard, and then back down onto the street before driving away.

The male who was involved in the incident, 25-year-old Cody Henderson, allegedly tried to interfere with the officers who were trying to ascertain if the female was injured or needed assistance. During the investigation, Henderson allegedly tried to run from the officers to try and get inside his residence before they could arrest him. He then allegedly swung his residence’s screen door at the pursuing officer’s head as the officer caught up to Henderson at his doorway.

“The door struck the officer in the face,” police tell NIT. “Henderson then allegedly advanced on the officer who tried to handcuff him. A struggle ensued and both subjects went to the ground where Henderson allegedly positioned his arms(s) around the officer’s neck and began to restrict the officer’s airway. Responding officers were able to remove Henderson’s arms and subdue Henderson.”

One officer was hurt.

“One of our officers was injured during the assault,” NIT is told by police. “The most serious injury is an injury to his foot which will restrict him from full-duty work for an undetermined amount of time.”

The female was not charged. The incident is still under investigation. Henderson was taken to the county jail on charges of interference with official acts and assault on an officer. He was released as the investigation continues.

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