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Burglary suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Roy identified

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ROY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Ogden police identified the robbery suspect killed inside a medical clinic in Roy early Wednesday morning.

Police said Donald Lee Joseph, 37, was shot and killed after he came at officers with a knife.

A press release from the Ogden Police Department said that at 1:50 a.m., an Ogden Police K-9 Unit was called to assist Roy City Police with an aggravated robbery that was in progress at a medical clinic in Roy.

A call was made to 9-1-1 stating that a suspect had broken into the medical clinic, which ABC4 News knows to be the Ridgeview Pharmacy of the Tanner Clinic, and that the caller was frightened and hiding in a room inside the clinic.

Once the Ogden Police K-9 Officer arrived, the two agencies spoke, and the decision was made to enter the Tanner Clinic in order to protect the person inside from potential violence.

The K-9 officer released the dog into the business and the dog, along with other police officers, started searching for the suspect. It’s then that the press release states the suspect attacked the officers with a weapon at close range.

Police said once attacked, the Ogden Police Department K-9 officer, fired several rounds in self-defense, hitting the suspect. The suspect was transported to a nearby emergency room where he later died.

Per officer-involved shooting policy and protocol, the Weber County Attorney’s Office will be handling this investigation.

The Ogden Police Department held a press conference Wednesday morning.

Chief Watt said when police officers first went in, they shot the suspect with a bean bag gun in attempts to stop him, but he came at them with a knife. That’s when he was shot.

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