OGDEN -- Newly released reports from the Roy Police Department and the Weber County Sheriff's Office paint a dramatic picture of a chaotic Jan. 4 shootout that killed one lawman and wounded five others.
The Roy report says Officer Jason VanderWarf followed police department policies in firing his weapon during the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force raid at the home of Matthew David Stewart at 3268 Jackson Ave.
In addition, the Weber County Sheriff's Office released a report Wednesday to the Standard-Examiner that states Sgt. Nate Hutchinson's actions during the shootout were justified.
Although the six-page Roy Police Department report only addresses VanderWarf's actions, it gives an overview of how other officers responded during the firefight, said Roy Police Chief Gregory G. Whinham.
"Overall the officers were heroic," he said Wednesday. "It's pretty clear to see what happened."
Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom was killed in the shootout.
In addition to VanderWarf and Hutchinson, strike force agents Shawn Grogan and Kasey Burrell, both of the Ogden Police Department, and Ogden officer Michael Rounkles were wounded.
Stewart, who was also shot, remains in the Weber County Jail without bond. He is charged with aggravated murder and seven counts of attempted aggravated murder.
Whinham said VanderWarf was the officer in charge of the case, but that Weber County had the ranking officer in charge at the time of the raid at Stewart's home to serve a search warrant for a suspected marijuana-growing operation.
VanderWarf repeatedly knocked on the south door of Stewart's residence, loudly announcing his presence and stating, "Police. Search Warrant," multiple times, according to the report.
Stewart didn't answer, and the agents entered the house. As they cleared the basement and main level of the home, Stewart opened fire on them from a concealed position at close range with a Beretta 9mm semiautomatic pistol, the report indicates.
After hearing gunshots, the report states, VanderWarf rushed upstairs in time to see Grogan "stumbling out from a hallway with a gunshot wound to his face, spitting out blood."
Moments later, he observed Burrell drop to the floor from a gunshot wound and Francom back away from the source of the gunfire and state he had also been shot, the report says.
The report goes on to say VanderWarf felt a bullet strike him in the hip, causing him to stumble backwards and down the stairs, all the way to the basement.
"Lying in a heap at the bottom of the stairs, he (VanderWarf) could still hear gunfire coming from upstairs," the report states.
VanderWarf ran back up the stairs and found Francom and Burrell lying on top of each other on the floor by the back door in a futile attempt to escape.
"Seeing these two agents in obvious distress he bent down to help them only to receive more gunfire in his direction," according to the report. "After receiving this gunfire, he (VanderWarf) stepped back out of the way only to see another officer, Sgt. Hutchinson, stumble backwards and fall to the ground."
The report says VanderWarf fired two rounds at Stewart but missed.
Hutchinson was able to return fire with a shotgun, the report states. Then with the assistance of Weber-Morgan Strike Force Officer Derek Draper, VanderWarf started dragging the wounded officers from the doorway, down the driveway and toward the street, when Stewart began to fire upon them from the front door, according to the report.
The report does not provide additional detail about VanderWarf's actions that night.
Stewart retreated to a shed in the backyard, where he exchanged more gunshots with officers before eventually surrendering.
The Weber County Sheriff's Office Firearms Review Board report does not provide specific details about Hutchinson's response during the shootout, but says his actions were justified.
"The actions that he took on scene that night were not only proper and necessary to protect himself and the other strike force agents from deadly assault being perpetrated against them, they were also heroic" the report says.
The Ogden Police Department did not respond to phone calls and an email from the Standard-Examiner requesting its investigative report into the shootout.
Prosecutors declined to comment Wednesday on the VanderWarf report, citing ethical restraints.
"There really isn't anything we can say about the facts of the case until it gets into court," Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said.
They said they could not fill in any gaps in the Vanderwarf report.
"We don't feel like we can comment," said Gary Heward, Smiths' chief deputy prosecutor. "There's a lot we would like to say, but it's just not appropriate."
They also cited concerns about pretrial publicity tainting a prospective jury in the case.
"We haven't made that determination yet," Heward said about the possibility of a change of venue for any trial of Stewart.
But they did not criticize the Roy Police Department's release of its report.
"Every agency has its own policies to follow, and we have to respect that," Smith said.
Smith's office has also conducted its review of the officers' discharge of their weapons, standard in any officer-involved shooting. The results of those reviews are usually released to the agency and public.
But Smith has said they will not be released because they are part of the overall criminal investigation of Stewart.
Smith did say at a March 1 news conference that no legal problems were found with any officer's use of force in the Stewart case.
Calls to Stewart's defense attorneys were not immediately returned.
Reporter Tim Gurrister contributed to this story.