Rockford police officer battered by domestic violence suspect

Staff Report

ROCKFORD — An officer with the Rockford Police Department was battered Wednesday afternoon by a man authorities say was involved in a domestic dispute on the city’s near east side.

Police say the incident happened around 5 p.m. yesterday in the 2300 block of Evanston Drive when officers responded to a report that a man physically assaulted a 45-year-old woman.

As police attempted to take the suspect into custody, he resisted and struck one officer several times. Officers then used a Taser to take the man into custody.

The suspect is identified as  26-year-old Francisco Bedolla. He is charged with two counts of domestic battery, criminal damage to property and two counts of resisting a peace officer.

Bedolla and the officer were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. Bedolla is jailed without bond. He’s due in court Thursday afternoon.  R.

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