OGDEN -- Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said Monday he plans to seek the death penalty against Matthew David Stewart, 37, in the shooting death of Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom and the wounding of five others.
Smith said Stewart is being investigated for aggravated murder, eight counts of attempted aggravated murder and cultivation of marijuana.
Some of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agents wounded in the Wednesday night shooting at Stewart's home, at 3268 Jackson Ave., were rendering aid to fallen officers or trying to rescue them, Smith said.
He said he could not release details, but believes the investigation will show all of the officers were shot by Stewart and none were hit by friendly fire.
He declined to provide details about the type of weapon Stewart is accused of using or the number of shots exchanged with police.
However, a Standard-Examiner reporter who went to Stewart's home Monday observed more than a dozen bullet holes in a fence near a carport and along the wall of a neighbor's home and many more in a backyard shed.
Smith called the crime scene "massive" and said investigators are working "hour after hour, day after day."
Stewart remains at Ogden Regional Medical Center, where his condition has not been released by authorities and hospital officials.
Smith said Stewart will be booked into Weber County Jail once he is released from the hospital, a decision that is up to medical personnel. There is no time frame or deadline for filing charges, he added.
Francom and the wounded officers were serving a search warrant at Stewart's home Wednesday when they were shot. Francom died early the next day at Ogden Regional.
Also wounded were Jason Vanderwarf, of the Roy Police Department; Ogden officers Kasey Burrell, Michael Rounkles, Shawn Grogan; and Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Nate Hutchinson.
Vanderwarf and Hutchinson have been released from the hospital.
Burrell is in critical condition, and Rounkles and Grogan are in fair condition, all at McKay-Dee Hospital.
Ogden's Interim Police Chief Wayne Tarwater said he met Monday with the families of Burrell, Rounkles and Grogan.
Smith said during Monday's 30-minute news conference, held at the Weber Building, that he was attempting to provide as much information as possible without jeopardizing what he termed as an active and complex investigation.
"I don't think the state has ever witnessed something of this magnitude," he said.
Smith said he has seen police videos, some from patrol car dash-cams, taken on the night of the raid from outside of Stewart's home. However, there isn't a video showing police actually entering the residence, he added.
Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agents executed a knock-answer search warrant at Stewart's home. That type of warrant requires officers to knock, announce their presence and then wait a reasonable amount of time for the occupant to respond before entering, Smith said.
"If we had expected weapons (in Stewart's home), we would have taken a different approach," he said.
Police attempted in the past to execute the warrant at Stewart's residence without success, Smith said, adding, "We made numerous attempts to go to his house as low-key as possible."
Stewart couldn't be taken into custody in a public place because police only had a search warrant and not an arrest warrant, Smith said.
In 2011, the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force executed 111 search warrants, seized 124 illegal firearms, 34 pounds of methamphetamine, 23 pounds of marijuana, 6,600 marijuana plants and 2 pounds of cocaine.