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Ogden police shoot armed suspect

Man suspected of robbery and sexual assault killed after producing firearm during chase.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ogden Police Department crime scene investigators work the scene on Jackson Avenue on Thursday. An Ogden police officer died in a shooting after responding to a domestic violence call May 28, 2020 in the area of Jackson Avenue and Harrop Street shortly after noon. A suspect was killed and an officer with Adult Probation and Parole was injured at the scene.

Two Ogden police officers on Friday night shot and killed a man suspected of robbery and sexual assault, after they chased him through city streets and he “produced a firearm,” according to a news release from Ogden Police Chief Eric Young.

Investigators are trying to identify the suspect and notify his family, the release said.

Around 7 p.m., Ogden police received a report of a robbery and sexual assault, during which the attacker allegedly displayed a handgun and then stole the victim’s car.

At 11:37 p.m., one of the officers spotted the stolen vehicle near 30th Street and Washington Blvd. in Ogden. When the officer approached, the man inside the car ran away and the two pursued him on foot, searching a backyard in the 2900 block of Grant.

At some point, the suspect stood up in the bed of a pickup truck and showed the firearm and the officers then fired their guns, the news release said.

“The suspect was struck by the gunfire and died at the scene,” Young said in the release.

In the original release posted at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, it said the suspect “pointed a handgun at the officers,” but two hours later the wording was changed to “produced a firearm.”

No reason was given for the language shift, and a spokesman did not elaborate.

Neither officer was injured; both were wearing body cameras and the footage was being gathered, the news release said.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

A team from the Weber County Attorney’s Office will investigate the fatal shooting, and the Ogden Police Department will conduct an internal review. Ogden’s police department plans to release further information at a Sunday news conference.

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