OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – A reported officer-involved shooting happened early Wednesday morning in Ogden.
Ogden police say at 7:30 AM a customer dropping off a vehicle at AAMCO, on the corner of 31st St. and Wall Ave. noticed the front glass broken out of the door and called 911.
“The Officer encountered a male inside the business concealing himself, inside a room, the suspect refused to follow commands and the officer exited the building,” said Eric Young, the Deputy Chief of Police for Ogden Police Department.
Police believe the suspect is homeless, he’s in his 30s, they have identified him through previous arrest records.
“The suspect attacked the officer with an item in his hands the officer fired two shots, striking the suspect,” said Young.
The man was brought to McKay Dee Hospital after he was shot in the parking lot and is in stable condition.
“I believe the actions of our officers averted what could have been a tragic situation for our officer or one of the employees of this building this morning,” said Young.
Police say, the suspect took items and placed them in a way that gives them reason to believe, theft was not the intention of the man.
“Individuals who are unstable due to addiction and mental health illness are dangerous to you and to those who protect you, there must be a greater effort on the part of society as a whole to mitigate this growing illness in our population,” said Young.
Police say the Weber Co attorneys office is investigating and Ogden PD is doing a separate investigation.
“If we want to reduce violence in our communities and reduce the number of life threatening situations for our police officers and first responders to deal with in our community, this is something we’ve got to get on top of,” said Young.
Body camera footage will be released pending the investigations and the officer involved is on paid administrative leave.
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