OGDEN -- An Ogden police officer was not justified when he shot at a motorist in the parking lot of a local apartment complex.
The Weber County Attorney's Office said in a prepared statement released late Friday afternoon that its investigation and a separate investigation by the Ogden Police Shooting Review Panel determined Officer Justin Kaufman's use of deadly force was not warranted.
Kaufman, an eight-year veteran of the Ogden Police Department, remains on unpaid, administrative leave. The county attorney's statement does not say whether he faces any charges in the shooting.
The shooting occurred on the night of Dec. 18 at Canyon Cove apartments located at 1487 Canyon Cove Lane after Kaufman responded to a suspicious circumstance complaint.
A white Honda bumped into a truck, causing minimal, if any damage. However, the driver of the Honda refused to speak with the complainant, according to the statement from the county attorney's office.
Kaufman located the Honda, but when he attempted to speak with the man in the driver's seat, the man drove away. Kaufman followed the Honda a short distance, and the driver entered a dead-end parking area.
At the time, Ogden Police Lt. Tony Fox said the officer cornered the Honda in the rear of the apartment complex and the motorist twice rammed the officer's patrol vehicle.
Kaufman then reported he had been involved in a shooting and the man in the Honda was driving out of the apartment complex.
Police pursued the motorist west on 20th Street to Interstate 15, where the man rammed another patrol vehicle, Fox has said. The Honda sped away north on I-15 at speeds reaching 110 mph and was pursued by law officers in Box Elder County into Cache County.
The chase ended in Logan near 1000 West and 1100 South, Police Chief Gary Jensen said at the time.
The Honda's tires had been deflated by spike strips, and the vehicle was traveling on metal rims, leaving a trail of marks in the road.
Police used the marks to track the car to a residential neighborhood, and a Logan officer attempted to make contact with the motorist, who drove away, Jensen said.
The car was soon found parked at a vacant home, unable to move because its wheels went over the edge of a driveway and couldn't gain traction.
The driver initially refused to get out of the car, and a police dog was used to get the man to surrender.
Officers reported the man had wounds to his hand and shoulder. He was transported to Logan Regional Hospital and later to a hospital in Ogden.
The driver, identified by the Weber County Attorney's Office as Clifford Dean Owens, 51, has been charged with two counts of failure to stop or respond at command of police and two counts of aggravated assault.
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith declined to release any information beyond the contents of the news release because of charges pending against Owens.