Thursday, January 05, 2012
"WAR ON COPS", Ogden Utah Narcotics Agent Jared Francom Killed and 5 Other Cops Wounded Serving a Search Warrant on Matthew David Stewart
Ogden police said in a statement early Thursday that agent Jared Francom died from his wounds following Wednesday night's drug-related shooting. Five police officers from multiple agencies remain hospitalized with serious to critical injuries. No more information on their conditions was released. The sole suspect in the shooting, Matthew David Stewart, is at a local hospital under guard, with non-life threatening injuries.
The shooting occurred as an anti-drug strike team was serving a warrant. The Standard-Examiner in Ogden reported that more police responded upon word of at least one officer shot. Police blocked off the area from 34th Street and Jackson Avenue to 32nd Street and a SWAT team took positions.
Authorities have not released information on how the remaining officers and the suspect, Matthew David Stewart, were shot. The paper said police eventually surrounded the suspect near a backyard shed.
Neighbor, Janessa Vanderstappen, said, "We came running outside to see what was going on. Officers told us to go back in our house." Vanderstappen said she went back inside, and minutes later heard yelling coming from the backyard. She said she walked onto the back porch to see officers addressing a person hiding in a nearby shed. "There's cops telling him to 'put your hands up, put your hands up,'" she said.
Both the suspect, Matthew David Stewart, in the shed and the six officers were shot and taken to local hospitals. When McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden learned that four of the injured officers were being rushed there Wednesday night, doctors and nurses were immediately called in from home to help.
The shootings follow a year in which U.S. cities saw an increase in officers killed. The number of officers who died in the line of duty in 2011 increased 16% nationwide from last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Last year in 2011, 177 officers were killed, compared with 153 in 2010, the organization said.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com