It was the second police shooting in Ogden in a week.
An Ogden officer shot dead a man who opened fire on police early Tuesday after driving away from a traffic stop.
Ogden officers were initially dispatched to a disturbance call at the 100 block of 25th Street at 1:27 a.m. following reports of a person with a gun, Ogden Deputy Police Chief Jake Sube said Tuesday morning.
“Given the seriousness of the situation,” Sube said, several officers responded. As they made their way to the crime scene, the man drove away in what turned out to be a stolen vehicle, Sube said.
Officers located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop near the 200 block of 17th Street. The man pulled away from the traffic stop, Sube said, but officers soon found the car near the 700 block of 8th Street.
When officers arrived, the man got out of the vehicle and began firing shots at two officers who were still in their vehicles, Sube said.
One of those officers was able to get out of his car and return fire, Sube said. The man died at the scene of the accident.
Until family members were notified, police were unable to identify the man killed Tuesday morning. The officer who opened fire on the man has also not been identified.
“We are extremely relieved that none of the officers were injured in this dangerous encounter,” Sube said.
Ogden Police are turning the police shooting investigation over to Weber-Morgan’s Critical Incident Task Force, Sube said.
The officer who shot the suspect has been placed on leave pending the investigation, in accordance with department protocol. “This is standard procedure designed to ensure the integrity of the investigation while protecting the well-being of the officer following such a traumatic incident,” Sube said.
Police could not identify the officer who opened fire on the man on Tuesday. Further details were not available.
This was the second police shooting in Ogden in a week. On the afternoon of June 6, after police were called to the scene of a reported breach of the protective order at the Washington Park Apartments complex, 170 N. Washington Blvd., an Ogden officer was shot dead and a “gunfight” ensued. .
The officer was taken to hospital for treatment but was later released. The man, who the police said had exchanged shots with officers, was shot dead at the scene.
“These incidents are having an undeniable impact on both officials and the community. We are aware of the emotional toll they can take,” Sube said during Tuesday’s press conference.
Tuesday’s shooting is the 12th police shooting in Utah this year, according to a database maintained by The Salt Lake Tribune.