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OGDEN — A man accused of randomly firing shots at an intersection and then grabbing an officer’s gun over the weekend is facing several felony charges.

Michael Gale Jensen, 58, of Ogden, was charged Tuesday in 2nd District Court with disarming a police officer, a first-degree felony; possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony; reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and shooting near a highway, a class B misdemeanor.

Just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Ogden police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 12th Street and Washington Boulevard, according to charging documents. No injuries were reported.

“Numerous complainants reported seeing a male with a handgun. The complainants reported hearing shots being fired and seeing the male running in the roadway,” the charges state. “The witness then saw Michael fire a gun and walk backward down the road in the middle of the street.”

Officers responded to the area and found Jensen “acting erratically and running across a busy intersection several times,” according to charging documents.

Jensen, who police say was sweating profusely, said he had been awake for several days and later admitted he had taken meth, the charges state.

As police were attempting to place handcuffs on Jensen, he attempted to grab an officer’s firearm while shouting “Give me that (expletive) gun,” according to charging documents.

The officer saw Jensen “grab the front corner of the firearm and holster and had to use defensive tactics to stop Michael from seizing the gun,” the charges state.

Court documents state that Jensen was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in 2005 for meth distribution.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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