Weber investigating police shooting of driver in high-speed chase

Dec 20 2012 - 3:46pm

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Ogden police look for evidence early Tuesday morning near a patrol car allegedly rammed by a motorist . The driver was fired on by an officer and led police on a high-speed chase. Scott Schwebke/Standard-Examiner
Ogden police look for evidence early Tuesday morning near a patrol car allegedly rammed by a motorist . The driver was fired on by an officer and led police on a high-speed chase. Scott Schwebke/Standard-Examiner
Ogden police look for evidence early Tuesday morning near a patrol car allegedly rammed by a motorist . The driver was fired on by an officer and led police on a high-speed chase. Scott Schwebke/Standard-Examiner
Ogden police look for evidence early Tuesday morning near a patrol car allegedly rammed by a motorist . The driver was fired on by an officer and led police on a high-speed chase. Scott Schwebke/Standard-Examiner

OGDEN -- The Weber County Attorney's Office is investigating a police shooting followed by a high-speed chase.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said he has two investigators and will bring in other officers from other agencies in the county to investigate why an Ogden police officer shot at a motorist who allegedly rammed his patrol vehicle and then led law enforcement personnel on a dramatic high-speed chase along Interstate 15 late Tuesday night into Box Elder and Cache counties.

"This is protocol," Smith said.

Smith said, as of 10 a.m., the name of the man who was shot will not be released, but expects it could be released later on Wednesday.

The incident began around 11:20 p.m.  Tuesday when an officer, who wasn't identified, responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in The Gate at Canyon Ridge apartment complex on Valley Drive, Ogden Police Lt. Tony Fox told a Standard-Examiner reporter at the scene.

The officer approached the white Honda and the driver pulled away. Fox said the officer cornered the Honda in the rear of the apartment complex, and the motorist twice rammed the officer's patrol vehicle. The officer then fired at the motorist, said Fox. Information was not available as to whether any of the shots struck the motorist or if the Ogden officer was injured.

Police pursued the motorist west on 20th Street to I-15 where the individual again rammed a patrol vehicle, said Fox. The vehicle sped away north on I-15 at speeds reaching 110 mph and was pursued by law officers in Box Elder County.

Eventually, the driver entered Cache County and as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, police were searching for the car in a Logan neighborhood, according to emergency dispatchers. Cache County law officers could not be reached for comment, and it was unknown why the motorist initially fled from police.

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