Utah Cop Drug Raid
January 5, 2012 by staff
Utah Cop Drug Raid, A police officer was shot dead and five colleagues were wounded as they tried to serve a drug-related search warrant late Wednesday, authorities in Utah said. Gunfire erupted around 9 p.m. MST (11 p.m. ET) after police converged at a residence in Ogden, police spokesman Lt. Tony Fox said. In a statement released early Thursday, Ogden City Police Department said that Agent Jared Francom had succumbed to injuries.
“Agent Francom has served the citizens of Ogden City with honor for seven years,” the statement added. It described Francom as a married father of two young children. Authorities said that five officers “from multiple agencies” remained hospitalized with serious to critical injuries. Police officers and emergency officials gather near the scene of a shooting in Ogden, Utah, on Wednesday. The suspect was also being held at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Officials confirmed that no additional suspects were being sought.
Citing an official at the Ogden Regional Medical Center, NBC News earlier reported that one officer was listed in stable condition.
Chris Dallin, a spokesman for McKay-Dee Hospital Center, said that several off-duty doctors and nurses were called in to help in the aftermath of the incident.
The suspect was surrounded near a backyard shed, police said.
‘Put your hands up’
Witnesses said they heard three quick pops followed by a two- to three-minute pause, then a barrage of gunfire.
“We came running outside to see what was going on,” Janessa Vanderstappen, who lives nearby, told the Deseret News. “Officers told us to go back in our house.”
Vanderstappen said she went back inside, and minutes later heard yelling coming from the backyard.
She said she walked onto the back porch to see officers addressing a person hiding in a nearby shed.
“There’s cops telling him to ‘put your hands up, put your hands up,’” she said.
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