Police: 6 Officers Wounded In Ogden Shooting


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Salon Staff
January 5, 2012 11:54AM (UTC)

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Six police officers were shot and wounded in Ogden late Wednesday night as they tried to serve a drug-related search warrant, authorities said.

The shooting erupted during a police action on Jackson Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Tony Fox said.

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The officers were hospitalized along with one suspect, Fox told The Associated Press.

He said he didn't have any information on their conditions, but there have been no reports of any fatalities.

Shooting erupted around 9 p.m. MST after police had blocked the area of 34th Street and Jackson Avenue to all traffic, and SWAT team took positions, the Standard-Examiner in Ogden reported.

The paper reported that the residence was secured a few minutes later and by 9:45 p.m. police announced that the scene was secured and there was no longer a threat to the community.

The team serving the search warrant involved officers from the Ogden Police Department and the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.

According to the strike force's website, the drug unit is made up of officers from the Weber County Sheriff's Office, local police departments and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Police did not immediately release other details.

Nearby witnesses said they heard three quick pops followed by a two to three minute pause, then lots of gunfire.

"We came running outside to see what was going on," Janessa Vanderstappen, who lives nearby, told the Deseret News. "Officers told us to go back in our house."

Vanderstappen said she went back inside, and minutes later heard yelling coming from the backyard. She said she walked onto the back porch to see officers addressing a person hiding in a nearby shed.

"There's cops telling him to 'put your hands up, put your hands up,'" she said.

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