OGDEN -- The wife an Ogden police officer killed in a shootout said her husband "loved his job more than anything."
Jared Francom was killed in a shootout that erupted when police raided a Utah house on Wednesday evening. Five other officers and the suspect were also wounded, authorities said. Francom is survived by a wife and two children.
In an interview with Salt Lake City's ABC 4, Erin Francom said her husband "loved his job more than anything," and that he was a great father to their daughters.
Erin Francom said the girls are five- and three-years-old and are having a tough time understanding the loss of their father.
"It's a very, very sad day for Ogden," an emotional Ogden Police Chief Wayne Tarwater said Thursday.
The officers from a task force went to the small, red-brick Ogden house as part of a routine drug-related investigation. They knocked on the door and identified themselves, he said.
"When there was no answer, they forced entry onto the door," he said. "When they entered, the officers came under fire."
The suspect, Matthew David Stewart, 37, has a limited criminal history. Stewart suffered injuries that are not life threatening, though it's unclear if he was shot.
Stewart is in a hospital under guard and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said it wasn't yet clear what charges Stewart might face once the shooting investigation concludes.
"But it appears right now, with the information we have, that we have an aggravated murder as well as a number of other attempted aggravated murders," Smith said, choking back tears.
The team serving the search warrant was made up of officers from the Weber County Sheriff's Office, local police departments and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Authorities said the conditions of the officers ranged from serious to critical.
They are Ogden officers Shawn Grogan, Kasey Burrell and Michael Rounkles, Weber County sheriff's Sgt. Nate Hutchinson and Roy officer Jason VanderWarf.
Grogan, Burrell and Rounkles were all listed in critical condition at mid-day Thursday, McKay-Dee Hospital spokesman Chris Dallin said. Hutchinson is listed in stable condition.
VanderWarf was treated for his injuries and released at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
The unit's commander, So. Ogden City Lt. Darin Parke, said that "other than the outcome" the investigation that led to the plan to search Stewart's home was like any other.
A total of 12 officers were on hand when the warrant was served, he said.
Police have not disclosed any specific details about the incident, including whether the shootout took place entirely inside the home or spilled out into the yard, how many shots were fired or what type of guns were used.
Police said the warrant was based on "credible" information about possible drug activity, but would not say what officers were specifically looking for inside Stewart's home, which sits across the street from a Mormon church building.
Armed SWAT officer clothed in camouflage remained on guard outside Stewart's house Thursday as police continued to search the property. The yard was taped off and dotted with numbered evidence markers.
Residents of this well-groomed middle-class neighborhood about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City said they were shocked to hear there was any drug activity in the area or a shootout on their street.
"This has always been a quiet neighborhood. We've been here for 11 years," said Andrew Mair, who said his wife hid the couple's basement in fear when the gunfire rang out.
"I've never heard anything crazy going on."
On Wednesday, 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.
Associated Press writer Jennifer Dobner in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.