Ogden man dies after string of November shootings, police still investigating

Thursday , December 07, 2017 - 3:40 PM

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JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — A man who was shot on Monday, Nov. 27 during a string of Ogden shootings has died from his injuries, police say. 

Lt. Tim Scott with the Ogden Police Department said Thursday, Dec. 7, afternoon that 28-year-old Ogden resident Brian Housley died Nov. 30 at a local hospital. 

Police were called to the 900 block of 16th Street at about 2:37 a.m. on Nov. 27 for a call of shots fired, according to a press release from the OPD.

When they arrived they found Housley shot in the head, the release said. Housley was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. 

The suspects in the shooting were last seen leaving the scene of the shooting at a high rate of speed, the release says. 

The now-fatal shooting was one of three Ogden shootings that took place within 28 hours from Nov. 25-27. 

Scott said the cases for all three shootings are open and actively being pursued by local law enforcement. 

Scott declined to comment on whether or not police have suspects, but said police have interviewed a handful of people in connection with the shootings. Scott also said at this point in the investigation, it is difficult to say if the three shootings are connected or related in any way. 

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However, Scott was able to say that police have no reason to believe Housley was a member of a gang. He said it was unknown as of Thursday afternoon whether or not the shooter or shooters in Housley’s case were in a gang. 

In the press release regarding the three shootings, OPD said overall crime in Ogden is down nearly 10 percent so far this year. 

Statistics provided to the Standard-Examiner by Ogden Police for Part I crimes, which include burglary, homicide, sexual assault, rape, vehicle theft, robbery, arson and aggravated assault, indicate Ogden has seen a decrease in some crimes and increases in others so far in 2017 compared to 2016.

According to the preliminary numbers — which were totals as of Dec. 1 — overall Part I crimes are down 2.1 percent from last year and 18.1 percent from 2012.

Crimes like burglary, rape, sexual assault and robbery are down, the numbers indicated.

However, aggravated assault, arson and theft are up 6.8 percent, 16.7 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively. Vehicle thefts are up more than 8 percent.

And since 2012, homicides in Ogden have steadily increased every year except 2016.

Including the death of Housley, Ogden has seen a total of five homicides so far in 2017 compared to just one homicide in 2012.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.