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Utah Officer Killed, Five Wounded in Drug Raid

January 05, 2012  | 

An Ogden (Utah) Police officer, among six gunned down Wednesday night while serving a search warrant, has died from his injuries.

The Ogden Police Department announced around 2 a.m. Thursday that agent Jared Francom, a husband and father to two young children, died after seven years of service to the city.

The six wounded officers were members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force and the Ogden Police Department. They were struck with bullets shot from what neighbors said sounded like a high-powered rifle while serving a warrant at at 3268 Jackson Ave.

The suspect has been identifed as Matthew David Stewart, a 37-year-old Army veteran. He was also shot, and remains at a local hospital under guard with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Comments (21)

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former us citazen @ 1/5/2012 7:16 AM

when will the war on drugs ever end?

with 200 million weapons in the us, what do you expect?

when will you officers stop working for the bankers?

[email protected] @ 1/5/2012 12:53 PM

Hey, former us citazen, I'm overjoyed that your a "former us citazen (sic)" !! Love how you made up your numbers. What a wimp.

gp cobb @ 1/5/2012 8:42 PM

[email protected]: me thinks we can agree he is "former"

richard valdemar @ 1/5/2012 9:37 PM

My heart truly goes out to the Ogden community. I feel a close connection to these officers after being a regular instructor at numerous Ogden gang seminars over the years. The local agencies take their police training seriously, and are second to no one. My sincere condolences to the Ogden law enforcement agencies, families and friends. God bless you all.

David @ 1/5/2012 10:27 PM

Hey former us citazen (sic). With Spelling Like That I'm Glad You're "Former" You Must Be One of Those Conspiracy Theorist, Truther Whackjob.

Don't Mind You Commenting On This Site, Just Know What In The Hell You're Talkin' About Before You Begin Typing!

George @ 1/6/2012 12:17 AM

Hey, Former US citizen. Keep the former part. We don't need you and we Will let God sort you out later. Whatever, you don't come back. We love our law enforcement and the second amendment. Thirty years retired law enforcement with no apoligies to anyone.

Morning Eagle @ 1/6/2012 1:59 AM

My heart also goes out to the families and fellow officers of those who were shot, especially at this time to the family and wife and children of Agent Francom. According to the local news report at ten, three officers were listed in critical condition and one is in a medically induced coma. Their survival is still in question.

There is a lot of emphasis being put on the shooter having been in the Army with speculation that may have had something to do with his reaction when officers entered his residence, possibly PTSD they say. At first they were saying he was a Gulf war veteran but as it turns out he didn't enter the Army until three years after that conflict. He served four years during the mid 90's, mostly stateside at Ft. Bragg with one tour in Germany, but never served in any combat zone. PTSD? Doubtful. Millions of guys have been in the Army but they don't open fire on police because of it. He is thirty-seven, was apparently doing drugs and suspected of producing marijuana at his residence. Hence the search warrant but it was a knock and announce type of service. They didn't just go busting in without warning. He would not open the door so they forced it then he began shooting. All the details have not yet been determined but the shooter is hospitalized due to return fire from other officers yet his wounds are not considered life threatening.

Don't waste time bothering with morons like "citazen." Let your thoughts be with the families and the officers who are currently fighting for their lives.

c. britt @ 1/6/2012 5:55 AM

my heart and prayers go out to the love ones of all the officers.

Captain David LASD Ret @ 1/6/2012 6:30 AM

Quite tragic. Am waiting for the complete story..

Scott @ 1/6/2012 6:52 AM

Hey, Former U.S. citizen. We don't work for the banks.

radar @ 1/6/2012 7:25 AM

I work with officers who execute drug search warrants (20-40 a year) and I know with each one they are putting their lives on the line to rid a neighborhood of a cancerous growth. It is truly a "war on drugs" and the men and women fighting it deserve respect for what they do. Believe me, they rather NOT have to do these dangerous warrants, but they want to protect the quality of life in our city.

Lt. Dan Birdsley @ 1/6/2012 7:58 AM

I agree with the others. Thank God "former" is actually former and hope he gets his friends to join him! More importantly, my sympathies go to the family and friends of Agent Francom and my prayers go to the officers that were wounded and their families.

Jerry Davidson @ 1/6/2012 8:28 AM

As a fellow law enforcement officer and paramedic, my prayers are with the familes and the department. We have lost many officers this last year and two from my area, but thank god we still have true American heros that go out each day to protect our citzens. Every law enforcement officer puts his/her life on the line every day to protect our citzens. With out them, our world would be very unsafe and out of control with no law and order. All of us need to support this department and familes of these officers. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

RON BERRY @ 1/6/2012 9:19 AM

Sympathies to the families of Our fallen and wounded. Such a loss, for some nutjob,, protecting HIS dope. I was always a good honest cop, but in times like these, Youwant vengance! The Laws hands are tied. Hopefully the guilty will be lead to court, in full view !

Lee @ 1/6/2012 3:57 PM

@Former U.S. Citizen...I am glad that is just what you are...My wishes go out to all the families of these officers, and especially to the family of the officer who succumbed to his wounds. Tragic...

sam @ 1/7/2012 7:11 AM

It is tragic and sad to hear news like this, and read a comment way

out of line, not even knowing the full truth of what transpired that day. The "former citazen" must have had a ''chip' on his shoulder to be even identified as a citazen" Only in America.

My sincere condolence to the family of the officers who had lost their lives, and I just hope that swift justice be accorded to this shooter the American way.

John Russell @ 1/7/2012 12:32 PM

If you guys want to suvive any battle then new tactics and maybe better DEFENSE systems are in need..High powered BULLETS even AK bullets will punch right through your vests and LEVEL IIIA SHIELDS ---you need better protection and new equipment in this dangerous world---if you agree then htere is a way to do this.

Laura @ 1/7/2012 12:57 PM

Deepest sympathy to agent Jared Francom's family and department for their loss. Praying the other 5 officers recover. It always hurts to loose a brother or sister in law enforcement.

Leroy @ 1/8/2012 8:29 PM

Please let us all honor agent Jared Francom. God Bless him and his service. As a Canadian policeman, I salute my US brothers and sisters at this tragic time. I hope to God that the former US citizen is not in our country as he not welcome here either.

pabyanghao @ 1/11/2012 1:02 AM

drugs will never end so as long there are people who entices other people to use this.

Just sayin'


Dennis Salb @ 4/10/2012 5:08 PM

May you rest in peace Agent Francom. Your nation, state and city are grateful for your service and sacrafice. Best wishes are extended to all of the brave officers who came to his rescue. Our prayers are with you for full and speedy recoveries from your wounds.

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