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Video shows burglary suspect pointing object at officer who shoots him

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Oct. 23, 2020 at 6:26 p.m.



OGDEN — "Show me your hands," an Ogden officer orders three times before firing two shots.

On Friday, Ogden police released body camera video from the Sept. 30 officer-involved shooting incident involving a man who police say had broken into an auto repair shop, then advanced toward the officer while holding a metallic object pointed directly at her.

Aaron Mark Baugh, 34, of Liberty, Weber County, was shot in the arm, according to police. He was later charged in 2nd District Court with assault on a police officer, a second-degree felony; burglary, a third-degree felony; and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.

About 5:30 a.m. that day, Baugh used a metal object to smash through a glass door at AAMCO Transmission, 3076 Wall Ave., according to charging documents. At 7:20 a.m., a customer dropping off his car at the shop noticed the broken glass and called 911.

"Looks like they've been broken into there," the man tells the dispatcher in a recording of the call released Friday. The man said he didn't see anyone in the building and it didn't look like anything had been taken.

When the first officer arrived at the scene, her body camera video shows her walking through the smashed-out glass door. As she walks from the entrance to another room, Baugh's head is seen peering around a door.

"What are you doing? ... You work here? ... Are you sure?" the officer is heard asking him.

Baugh claimed he worked there in the video, but appeared hesitant to come out and talk to the officer.

"His demeanor caused the officer to back out of the building and call for backup officers to hurry to this location," according to Ogden police.

The officer exited the building and told Baugh to come outside. Once outside the building, the officer watched through the windows as Baugh followed. She drew her gun from her holster just as Baugh exited the business.

In the video, Baugh walks directly toward the officer while holding a black object in his hand, and points that object directly at the officer.

The officer fires twice, and once she determines the object is no longer in his hands, gives Baugh medical attention by applying a tourniquet to his arm where he suffered a single gunshot wound.

It was later determined that Baugh was holding a black stapler, but he told investigators that "it was his intention to provoke (the officer) into shooting him by making her feel threatened by a dangerous weapon," according to the charging documents.

The officer-involved shooting remained under review as of Friday. During a court hearing on Oct. 15, a judge ordered that Baugh receive a mental competency evaluation before his case proceeds.

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