Ogden Utah Police Shooting
January 5, 2012 by staff
Ogden Utah Police Shooting, One police officer was killed and five others were wounded when a shootout erupted in Utah as a narcotics enforcement team executed a search warrant at a home in Ogden, police said on Thursday.
A single gunman opened fire on officers late on Wednesday evening as they approached the home, said Lieutenant Danielle Croyle, a spokeswoman for Ogden police. Local drug task force agent Jared Francom was pronounced dead on Thursday, Croyle said. Five other officers wounded in the gunfire were at area hospitals being treated for injuries ranging from serious to critical.
“We have lost a brother. We will grieve this loss, he will be sorely missed,” said Weber County Sheriff Terry Thompson.
Police on Thursday identified the suspect, who was injured in the shootout with officers, as Matthew Stewart, 37.
Stewart is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries suffered when the officers returned fire, and is under guard at a hospital, authorities said.
He has a limited criminal history, Tarwater said, although he would not elaborate.
Police released few details of the incident that broke out in a quiet, residential neighborhood, and did not comment on reports that Drug Enforcement Agency officers were involved in the incident.
Other wounded officers were agents Shawn Grogan, Kaseyt Burrell, and Michael Rounkles of the Ogden police; Sgt. Nate Hutchinson of the Weber County Sheriff’s Department; and Agent Jason Vanderworf of the Roy Police Department.
The shooting occurred after a “knock and announce” search warrant based on “drug activity” by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Task Force, Ogden police chief Wayne Tarwater told reporters at a press conference.
Tarwater was visibly shaken while speaking at the press conference on Thursday. The shooting also occurred on Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell’s first day on the job.
“It was an overwhelming first day in office,” Caldwell said. “We will be forever changed. All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
Neighbors reported hearing shots ring out. Shayne Blakeley, 43, who lives two blocks away from the scene of the incident, said he was walking his yellow labrador.
“I was walking down the street and I heard about 12 shots go off,” he said. “Then all of the cops started to arrive.”
He counted at least 21 police vehicles at the scene, adding: “It shouldn’t happen in our neighborhood.”
Another witness, Clayton Payne, told Utah’s ABC 4 News he heard the shots from his home near the scene.
“We heard three pops and didn’t know what they were at first. Two or three minutes later we heard the multiple gunshots going off,” Payne said, adding that he came out of his house to check the commotion.
“They were yelling at the suspect to show them his arms and get down,” he added.
Federal officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene of the crime on Thursday morning, but would not comment to reporters.
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