6 Police Officers Shot in Utah, 1 Dead, 5 Injured
Pierre Thomas and Ben Forer
January 5, 2011
One police officer has died and five others were shot in a wild shootout overnight in Ogden, Utah. The shootings continue a dangerous trend for law enforcement with the number of police killed by gunfire spiking 20 percent in 2011.
The Utah officers, part of a drug task force, were trying to serve a warrant at a home just before 9 p.m. Wednesday local time when gunfire erupted.
Neighbors say it sounded as if AK 47s rifles being fired — quick pops followed by a pause, then a barrage of gunfire. As many as 40 shots were fired.
The suspect, who was also wounded, tried to escape on foot, but didn’t make it far, according to police. He was eventually cornered near a backyard shed and taken into custody.
Jared Francom, the Ogden officer who died from his injuries, was a seven-year veteran of the force who was married and a father of two. His five fellow officers are all hospitalized with injuries ranging from critical to serious.