Police agencies across the Top of Utah on Thursday mourned the loss of Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom.
Kaysville's dispatcher/secretary, Michelle Francom, is the mother of the slain officer who worked with the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.
Kaysville police issued the following statement:
"The Kaysville City Police Department regrets the loss of Ogden Officer Jared Francom, the son of Michelle and Jade Francom. Michelle is currently employed by Kaysville City Police Department as a full-time dispatcher/secretary.
"Our hearts go out to all the wounded officers, their family and friends."
Woods Cross Police Chief Greg Butler said one of his officers used to work at Kaysville Police Department and knows Michelle Francom.
That same officer also has ties with other officers involved in the shooting.
"We discussed the incident with all of our officers today before they started their shifts and made sure they were emotionally OK to work today," he said.
Butler said he and other administrators reminded their officers that "we are highly trained."
"An incident like this can certainly worry police officers about their safety and have us take a look at how we handle things."
Butler said all of the officers involved are heroes, "because they did their best."
"All of our Woods Cross officers are praying for the other officers who were shot and hope they will soon be able to come back to work completely," he said.
Butler, who worked for the West Jordan Police Department for 20 years before he came to Woods Cross, said the emotions that come after a fellow officer is shot never go away.
In November 2002, West Jordan Police Officer Ronald Manfred Wood was shot and killed by a 16-year-old boy.
"Those things are devastating," said Butler, who knew Wood.
Butler said Utah's law enforcement community is a tight-knit group because it is basically small.
"There are police departments in other parts of the nation that have more officers in their department than we do in the entire state of Utah, so what happens in one department (in Utah) happens to them all."
Clearfield Assistant Police Chief Mike Stenquist said several of the officers in his department knew Francom and others involved.
"Over the years, you work with officers in other departments, with other detectives and with the strike teams," he said, "and you build friendships and working relationships with these other people."
Stenquist and other police administrators have talked to their officers to let them know help is available.
"We're hoping for the best for the surviving officers," Stenquist said.
Syracuse Police Lt. Tracy Jensen said a number of officers in his department also knew those involved. He personally knows three of the officers involved but declined to name them.
"It's very somber here," Jensen said. "Our hearts go out to Ogden Police and the other agencies."
Jensen said law enforcement does create a brotherhood, but many times, officers have cousins, parents or siblings who work in different agencies, making the bond even tighter.
Two Davis County prosecutors also knew Francom.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Nathan Lyon said Francom "was an exceptional officer and a great man. I knew him personally and professionally."
Deputy Davis County Attorney Rick Westmoreland has prosecuted all of the narcotics strike force cases in Davis County for seven years.
The Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force has filed cases in Davis County, he said.
Francom was an exceptional officer, Westmoreland.
"The cases were great cases."
Westmoreland said the shooting has him concerned:
"When something like this happens, I worry that other folks are going to get the same idea and pull those same tactics on our guys."