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Officer Shot, Suspect Dead After Chase

Officer Shot, Suspect Dead After Chase

Posted - Jan. 5, 2004 at 4:27 p.m.



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Jed Boal ReportingGunfire erupted in an Ogden neighborhood, a robbery suspect is dead and a police officer is in the hospital with a gunshot wound. Roy Police say the suspect stole a car, robbed a convenience store and took off when they spotted him.

Officer Shot, Suspect Dead After Chase

It was a frantic couple of hours for Roy Police last night with the first shooting involving an officer in more than six years. The officer will be okay; the suspect was killed at the scene.

Shortly before nine last night, someone stole an SUV in a Roy neighborhood. Twenty minutes later a man with a gun held up a 7-11 for $8. Three minutes after that, police say a different man robbed the gas station a few blocks away.

Officer Shot, Suspect Dead After Chase

Curt Gaylor was behind the counter with another employee. He says a man with a bandana over his face pointed a gun at him.

Curt Gaylor, Store Clerk: “I got a little shook up. I opened the register and gave him the cash."

He also gave police a good description of the SUV. They spotted it and chased the suspect to Ogden where he slammed into the front of an auto shop and took off on foot.

A half-hour later K-9 units and more officers were still searching. K-9 officer Don Ponton and Officer Adam Madsen were checking a side yard when the suspect fired and hit Ponton in the thigh. The two officers shot back. Roseanna Archibald was inside the house.

Officer Shot, Suspect Dead After Chase

Roseanna Archibald, Witness: “I hear gunshots going off at 10:30 last night and it scared me.”

The 31-year-old suspect died. He was on probation for armed robbery and police say he had a long criminal history.

Chief Greg Whinham, Roy Police Department: “An officer is trained to use the force necessary to stop the action toward him."

The officers are on administrative leave; the shooting is under investigation.

Officer Shot, Suspect Dead After Chase

Chief Greg Whinham, Roy Police Department: “It's a good day, because today our officers are all alive and they're with their families and they're going to fully recover."

Police think a different man robbed the 7-11 minutes before. They think there's a strong possibility the two robberies are connected, but they're not certain. Still, there's another robbery suspect out there.

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