An Ogden officer shot and injured Casey Pacheco, 32, after witnesses called 911 to report he had held a knife to a woman’s neck.
Ogden • A day after an Ogden police officer shot and injured a man, police officials were unable to detail what prompted the officer to open fire.
Sheriff Eric Young said the officer – who had been with the Ogden force for less than two years – was rushed from the police station to an area a few blocks away, where witnesses told 911 that a man Man holding a knife to a woman’s neck.
According to Young, the officer fired four shots at Casey Pacheco, 32, and two bullets entered the man. He is recovering in a local hospital.
But what happened before the police shooting remains unclear. Young said he did not know if Pacheco lunged at the officer or threatened the officer in any way. And he doesn’t know if Pacheco put a knife to the woman’s neck when the officer arrived, or if the man threatened her in front of the officer. The officer was not injured.
Young said there was no camera footage of the encounter, because the officer who ran to his patrol car after hearing about the 911 call didn’t grab it.
But Young said he is confident that the Weber County District Attorney’s Office and his department will be able to conduct a full review of the shooting without it.
“I have been a police officer for 30 years,” he said. “We did about those 15 or 20 years without a body-worn camera. They are thorough, objective investigations. You don’t have to have a body-worn camera to tell the whole story.”
The sheriff noted that several witnesses saw the shooting, including a construction crew working on block 200 of 26th Street, which is currently closed for construction.
Young notes that he doesn’t know many details around Monday’s shooting because he said his department would not investigate the shooting. That belongs to a team at the district attorney’s office, which typically handles cases where an officer opens fire.
Young said the officer was placed on administrative leave, which is also the norm after the officer opened fire. The officer has yet to be identified.
This is the 26th police shooting in Utah this year, according to the Salt Lake Tribune database, and the second in Ogden.
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