Six Utah Police Officers Shot, One Fatally

One police officer is dead and five others are hospitalized after a shootout with a suspect in northern Utah.

Late Wednesday night the officers were serving a drug-related search warrant in the city of Ogden when the gun battle erupted.

Six officers and the suspect were all injured in the exchange and rushed to an area hospital.

One of the officers, Agent Jared Francom, later died from his injuries. Officials say the other five officers have injuries ranging from serious to critical. The suspect's injuries were described as non-life-threatening.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:07 PM
    Wonder if they were using bullet resistant vests when shot?
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      by Greenville mom on Jan 6, 2012 at 06:45 AM in reply to
      Actually they were wearing their vest. There were 12 officers sent to the home to issue a knock and enter warrent. After the officers knocked and there was not an answer they proceeded to enter and that is when they were fired upon. I know that one officer was hit in the cheek, one in the hip, one was hit 5 times; 2 in the chest, 1 in the arm and 1 in the hip. They have not released the injuries sustained to the officer that passed away. It is just a sad situation. The father of the man that shot the officers is really upset and issued a statement that was truly from the heart. Apparently the 37 year old is a Desert Storm war vet and suffers from that post stress problem that many of our soldiers come back with. May prayers are with all those involved. I feel for the mother and 2 children whose lives have been changed forever.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    This story was about officers being shot!! There is nothing about being corrupt or citations, you should save those comments for later when you want to complain about checkpoints. Your comments show complete disrespect to the officers and their families. One day you will eat those words when you are in need. Karma does come back on people. As for the families of the officers, I am saying prayers.
  • by patti Location: gvlle on Jan 5, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    To Gvlle Mom..please honey don't try to explain yourself,,because ppl are so ignorant at time,,just keep your head up and know how you raise your kids. Keep the level head you seems to have.. God bless these ppl that makes poor judgements and comments aqbout what goes on in this world.. God Bless U!
  • by Anonymous @9:26AM Location: US Citizen on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    To all these people who think police officers are so great and honest I pose this question...How many LEO's or thier family members receive traffic citations and other misdermeaner violations? This even falls back to those who hold positions in the courthouse, county and city govt. ect. I live in a small NC community and KNOW the "game" and the people, it's just who you know. Good try with your long post about all the great Mayberry officers. I do have respect for LEO's just as I do for the man who picks up my garbage, has a job and pays his bills with earned money and not "favors". It's thier job as a "choice" but they're not God. Good Day.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM in reply to Anonymous @9:26AM
      My day was good until you said that. You're a perfect example of what I originally said. Nowhere in my post did I even imply that LEOs are "Gods". All I'm saying is that you cannot condemn them all because of the actions of a few. Yes, they chose to become LEOs, but they neither expect or need your worship. A little bit of simple courtesy and an occasional "thanks", coupled with judging them as INDIVIDUALS rather than as A GROUP, would be most appreciated. Too much to ask for, right?
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        by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM in reply to
        I can't condemn the many because of the few, no, that's correct. I can however condemn the entire orgiznation for protecting those who do wront within the police force and are never punished.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:23 PM in reply to
          Thank you for seeing my point. Meanwhile, which "entire organization" are you speaking of?
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville nc on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    This is the third officer killed, this year. A good person dies defending his community and the dead officer's family must deal with that tragety. Let us all pray for the officers family.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    Before I say anything else, let me preface my comments with the most important part: My sincere condolences to the officers, their families, and their colleagues. Here's hoping that the wounded officers make a fast recovery, and that swift justice catches up to the offender. Now, then: Anytime there's a story on WITN's website about law enforcement, inevitably you get a bunch of negative comments from the legions of anti-police folks. You know what I mean; they say stuff like "I don't feel sorry for, or even respect, LEOs, they knew the risks when they took the job." Or: "I don't trust any police; they're all corrupt, all they do is ride around all day, writing tickets to innocent taxpayers..that is, when they're not taking bribes or eating doughnuts." These are the people who seem to think that, based on the misdeeds of a relatively few police officers, ALL officers are obviously rogue, lazy, criminal bullies with badges. These cop-haters never stop to think that maybe, just maybe, the great majority of LEOs are honest, courteous, hard-working human beings, with families to support and bills to pay, same as anyone else. To all of those anti-police people, I pose this question: Does this particular news story make you happy?
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      by EMT on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:40 AM in reply to
      Well put!!!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 08:34 AM in reply to EMT
        Thanks, EMT. I really wanted to say it!
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      by LEO on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to
      Thank you!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to LEO
        Glad to say it, sir. Stay safe and God Bless!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:17 PM in reply to LEO
        You're more than welcome. Stay safe and God bless!
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          by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:24 PM in reply to
          Whoops, didn't mean for that to post twice. On the other hand, it's worth repeating.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM in reply to
      I'm pretty sure nobody wants to see a cop murdered. They want to see police-officers who abuse their authority and get away with comitting crimes punished for their actions instead of being protected by other police-officers. That's what makes them all seem bad, because in a lot of instances they refuse to police themselves.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM in reply to
        I see your point, and all of the honest LEOs I'm thinking of want to see the bad ones dealt with accordingly. My only point is that so many people tend to paint all LEOs with the same broad brush, which is hardly fair. Know what I mean?
  • by Wow Location: Ayden on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:09 AM
    One guy shot 6 officers? He must have been one heck of a shot. Glad they got him but ............
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      by Tom on Jan 5, 2012 at 05:30 AM in reply to Wow
      I take it you've never been in Utah, very different out there.
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        by mommy23 on Jan 5, 2012 at 05:56 AM in reply to Tom
        I was born there and it is a beautiful place. What exactly do you mean by that Tom?
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        by Greenville mom on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:36 AM in reply to Tom
        Okay Tom. I am with Mommy23. What exactly do you mean? I am from Utah too. It is beautiful, my family is there and I have a great respect for the state and the people that live there. Just as I do North Carolina my home now. I teach my kids to have that same respect. Maybe that is what you lack. There is nothing wrong with Utah, or the people that live there. I for one feel for the families of the police officers. My prayers are with them, this is so tragic (tragic,Tom).
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      by Droz on Jan 5, 2012 at 05:34 AM in reply to Wow
      Sawed off shotgun. You get a group of folks unfamiliar with a building caught in a fatal funnel, i.e. a hallway, after a breach and a scatter gun will cause serious wounds to the point man and wound everyone behind him. Police work is dangerous; cops are some brave souls I tell ya. Not saying that's what happened, but that's what this sounds like.
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