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Deadly Utah Police Raid

Video footage from the deadly Ogden (Utah) Police raid in January gives a glimpse into the chaotic scene outside the home of Matthew Stewart. Read the full story here.

April 10, 2012

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Blaine @ 4/10/2012 4:13 PM

This should have never happened! No-knock entry teams should be used only in cases that are extremely urgent and critical to public safety (eg hostage situation) that each officer involved is willing to give his own life to protect public safety. Instead, we're using SWAT teams tens of thousands of times per year in this country for relatively minor things such as to grab a few ounces of pot as evidence -- and people are dying for those few ounces of pot! Then, there are the all-too-common raids on the wrong house or raids based on bogus information. If it isn't worth dying over, it isn't worth shooting over.

mac3k34 @ 4/10/2012 5:59 PM

@Blaine - Obviously you're not informed on the case enough to comment. It was a knock and announce warrant. And it was not for a few ounces of pot, that criminal had a marijuana growing operation. Seems like you are commenting incorrectly due to "bogus information"

Dave @ 4/10/2012 6:44 PM

Thats right. At least have an idea of what your talking about before making stupid comments

Federali @ 4/10/2012 7:00 PM

Blaine sounds like an ignorant, stoned pothead.

Lead Farmer @ 4/11/2012 12:01 AM

I think Blaine has a point, is a pot growing operation worth dying or killing over? No. There has to be a priority to these operations, pick the guy up on a traffic stop or out of the house. It doesn't always have to be a heavy handed operation to get the job done.

Steve @ 4/11/2012 12:52 AM

Blaine's point is spot on. You have a wife and 2 kids left without a father and husband, for a grow operation. Current trends are call the guy, use a ruse or road kill him. Get intel from him and when you are sure there is no one in the house, expect there to be but then knock and announce. Maybe that was done and if so, call it bad luck or fate. How many man hours would it be worth to get a brother back? That's how many that should be spent to keep him with us. God bless his family and fellow officers for the pain and loss they now suffer.

sheriff @ 4/11/2012 4:56 AM

You are right on Steve.

Miller 9744 @ 4/11/2012 6:39 AM

Once the first shots are fired, back out and stay out. Time is on the officers' side to wait for a properly equipped and specialized team. The situation just went from a marijuana grow operation (?) to attempted murder...the guy is gonna do serious time. No sense in uniformed-officer tombstone courage when there can be tear gas, smg's, and more body armor...not to mention probably better entry and containment tactics.

CJ @ 4/11/2012 1:30 PM

I'm afraid Blaine has a point. As a SWAT operator I agree that we should get away from dynamic entries unless human life is at risk. Drug warrants should be served by trained SWAT personnel using surround and call-out tactics. Several tactical associations and tactical training entities support surround and call-out...I know some of my fellow operators refer to it as "surround and wuss out" or worse but I do not want to lay my life on the line for a pot operation. We constantly lose officers going after bad guys, lets bring them to us and if they don't, gas them out! Who cares if the bad guy destroys evidence, we already have enough evidence or else we would not have been able to get a warrant in the first place.

Skimo @ 4/11/2012 8:39 PM

Wow. How many times have warrants gone bad regardless of intel. It happens Unfortunately. This isn't CSI this is real. Cops give there lives for far less than a raid. Bad things happen. No matter what we have to do our job regardless of the outcome.

TM @ 4/12/2012 8:12 AM

I'm trying to imagine a world where bad guys know we wont come in to get them. Skimo, great point.

mike @ 4/13/2012 11:06 PM

My concern is what happened to the wounded Officer in the back seat. Did he remain on scene for the Ten (10) minutes after they put him in the car, or did they get him out of the area.

Once the force was utilized against the Officers, it was Too Late to back up and regroup, they now had an immediate threat and wounded brothers!!

JW @ 4/14/2012 8:13 AM

CJ hit the nail right on the head. Also as a SWAT operator, in this instance based on the circumstances of the case "a grow house" there is almost absolutely no reason to make a dynamtic entry, even for a trained SWAT team. The crook insn't going to flush an entire grow. So surround and call out, use gas for area denial and force him to come to you. There is never a set of circumstances where the preservation of evidence should take priority over officer safety, especially in a grow case.

ogdencitizin @ 4/17/2012 9:00 PM

I live in this city, and if my neighbors growing plants I don't care what the high fivin officers believe is their duty, protect and serve does not define the public safety they compromise having an old west shootout in the middle of a residential area is not a tactical

2manywars @ 4/17/2012 9:16 PM

The last weber-morgan strike force death was a man suprised by five guys with guns yelling outside his door kicking it in you see the officers video last three second the officer didn't yell put down the golf club but did tell him to stay on the ground after they shot him dead, I beleive the shooter knew he was up against no mercy and wanted to defend his right to live. Oh the guy who the police killed had 1/2 oz of weed nothing else. Who gives the right to kill to anyone? Violence solves nothing!

2manywars @ 4/17/2012 9:24 PM

If the clear danger due to the ignorance of this citys strike force is obvious to their community and any other civilized american ht do we change this disaster from constant repeat?

Just another tax slave fo @ 4/18/2012 6:54 PM

@ mac3k34
OMG! A pot growing operation?!?!?! How terrible!!!

Can someone tell me why we spend billions of dollars trying to control a harmless plant created by nature? How many people have died from overdosing on pot? How much violence is instigated by people high on pot (besides LE's violence on them)?

The overwhelming majority of violence related to marijuana is perpetrated by LE.

Personally, I'd rather have a highway full of stoned potheads than a single drunk driver on the road. The lack of logic surrounding the war on marijuana and the tolerance of alcohol is astounding. Then again, we're talking about govt 'logic' here...

This is a tragic story all around and should never have happened. All this death and violence over a plant. Meanwhile our troops are defending poppy fields in the sandbox to ensure heroin and cocaine (drugs that actually ARE dangerous to the public at large) production remains intact.

My best to the surviving family members & friends of the fallen officers.

Curt @ 4/18/2012 8:21 PM

Two sides to every story.

I wasn't there, so I don't know what happened. But let's face the facts... a cop was killed and several injured. Who will man up and tell the truth. The supposed perp... or the cops?

kj @ 10/31/2012 11:15 PM

Seems to me that people on this page are missing the point. This tragedy didnt happen because someone was growing pot. It happened because he chose to pick up a gun and try to murder Police Officers.. He knew they were police and chose to shoot and kill as many as possible.. You really think this guy would have went any easier on the highway.. I do agree with pulling back and having SWAT pull up and dump gas into the house and take as long as it takes to wear him down and make him exit the house. He can then surrender or come out with a weapon and die. And drugs and violence go hand and hand i dont care if its pot or anything harder. As long as there is money in it people are going to use guns to protect their product..

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