City man arraigned for shooting cop, remanded to jail without bail

Police take Zachary L. Clark into custody after a 12-hour standoff overnight at his Elm Street residence. SCOTT CONROE

A city man charged with shooting a Cortland Police Department officer three times before engaging in a 12-hour standoff with police was arraigned on assault charges this afternoon and remanded to jail without bail.

Zachary L. Clark, age 26, of 12 Elm St., was discharged this afternoon from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to the forearm and was then arraigned in Cortland County, according to court records.

Clark was charged with four felonies after he shot and wounded a city officer as he responded to a domestic dispute Friday night between Clark and his brother at their Elm Street home, according to the Cortland Police Department.

The officer, who was shot once in the buttocks, once in the back of the thigh and with a third bullet that grazed his buttocks, was released from Upstate University Hospital this morning and is recovering well, according to city police. Clark shot the officer with a 0.22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, according to police, and continued shooting until a second officer on the scene returned fire.

Clark gave himself up to police at 7:50 a.m. today, after a 12-hour standoff, police said.

His charges include: First-degree assault, aggravated assault upon a police officer or peace officer, first-degree reckless endangerment  and menacing a police officer or peace officer, felonies, as well as fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and prohibited use of weapons, misdemeanors.

If convicted, Clark could face a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, according to state penal law.