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1 officer killed, another injured in Ogden shooting that left gunman dead

By Lauren Bennett and Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - May 28, 2020 at 9:10 p.m. | Posted - May 28, 2020 at 1:20 p.m.


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OGDEN — “Officer down!” a man can be heard yelling as gunshots hail in the background.

“He’s still firing, I’ve got one officer down on the front porch.”

Audio from dispatchers paints a picture of the intense situation that unfolded earlier Thursday, ending with the killing of an Ogden police officer, the injuring of a probation agent and leaving the alleged gunman dead.

“It’s a sad day for our department, our city and the greater Ogden community,” Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt said at a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce the death of the officer.

Around 12:14 p.m., officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 300 block of Jackson Avenue.

Watt said a woman called 911 reporting that her husband had threatened to kill her; the call was disconnected and attempts to reconnect were unsuccessful.

When officers arrived, they were confronted by the man, who Watt said was uncooperative and ran inside the home. Shortly thereafter, the man began shooting through the door and struck the Ogden police officer.

The officer, who had been on the job just 15 months and has not yet been publicly identified, was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital and pronounced dead, Watt said.

"Our hearts are broken," the police chief said. "We’ve lost one of our own.”

During the incident, an Adult Probation and Parole agent was also shot. The agent, who has also not been identified, was released from the hospital on Thursday; the extent of his injuries were not known.

"Our hearts are broken and we mourn with the Ogden Police Department for the loss of a fellow law enforcement officer," Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Mike Haddon said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this fallen hero."

As injured officers were dragged from the scene, police returned fire into the home.

SWAT teams also responded to the incident and safely extracted children from inside the home. They later found the alleged gunman dead inside the home. His name was not released as of Thursday night.

"I am heartbroken to hear the news from Ogden this evening," Gov. Gary Herbert wrote on Twitter. "Standing tall in the line of duty is a brave and noble act, and my prayers are with the fallen officer’s family and friends. Tonight, the whole state mourns with (Ogden police)."

A motorcade procession from McKay-Dee Hospital transported the fallen officer from Ogden to the state medical examiner's office in Salt Lake City on Thursday afternoon.

“The fine young officer … was struck by gunfire and killed protecting a family, our community and fellow officers around him," Watt said.

Several social media users posted an emergency alert message that was sent out to phones in the area Thursday. The alert indicated there was an "active police incident" at the intersection of 3rd Street and Jackson Avenue. The alert also asked people to shelter in place and avoid the area.

By 2:15 p.m., police said there was no threat to the public and they were no longer looking for anyone in connection with the incident, Ogden Police Lt. Brian Eynon said. "It's always tough when an officer is involved in a shooting," he said.

Jackson Avenue was expected to remain closed between 2nd Avenue and Harrop Street for up to 24 hours, Eynon said, but people who live in the area have been told they can return to their homes.

“This is a humbling reminder of the risks and sacrifice our officers face every single day on the job,” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a written statement. “I am filled with gratitude to all those men and women in law enforcement who are answering calls even under the added duress of the COVID-19 Pandemic."

Multiple police agencies across the state shared their condolences for the fallen officer on Thursday, including the Provo Police Department, the most recent agency to lose an officer.

The Ogden officer is first police officer killed in Utah since Provo officer Joseph Shinners was killed in the line of duty in January 2019.

“Please. As a department, as a community, as a state and as a nation, let us not forget such fine men and women who every day offer their lives up on behalf of this great and noble call," Watt said Thursday.



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