SOUTH OGDEN -- A man shot and killed by a South Ogden patrolman Thursday morning had burglarized a home minutes earlier and shot at the officer with a gun stolen in a burglary the day before, Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said Friday.
Brent Marlin Imes, 48, was fatally shot by the officer in front of an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Adams Avenue. The officer had approached Imes to talk about recent burglaries in the area, Smith said.
Just before the shooting, Imes was crossing Washington Boulevard eastbound from Washington Terrace when an officer spotted him and felt he was acting suspiciously upon seeing an officer and a patrol car.
That officer, an off-duty sergeant, radioed in Imes' behavior, and the officer who subsequently shot him responded.
"The sergeant thought this looked like someone they should talk to," Smith said.
When the responding officer began talking to Imes, Imes put down a suitcase and a pet carrier with a dog inside, then backed away, putting his hands in his coat pockets.
The officer asked him to take his hands out of his pockets, Smith said, at which time Imes fired at the officer through his coat.
The officer was not hit and returned fire, striking Imes, Smith said.
It appears Imes fired twice and the officer four times, according to preliminary results of the investigation by his office, Smith said. Imes later died at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
An officer-involved shooting task force, made up of detectives from around the county and coordinated by the Weber County Attorney's office, investigates all fatal officer-involved shootings. Those probes are considered criminal investigations.
The officers firing the shots are routinely placed on administrative leave while their department conducts an internal policy investigation.
Those investigations are continuing, Smith said. Results of an autopsy conducted Friday are expected sometime next week and should reveal how many of the officer's shots struck Imes.
The officer's name has not been released.
The officers were aware of recent burglaries in the area where Imes was shot and across the street in Washington Terrace when they reacted to Imes' behavior, Smith said.
The dog and the items in the suitcase were confirmed Friday as stolen Thursday morning from a Washington Terrace residence literally moments before the exchange of gunfire, Smith said. "It appears he had just left that burglary."
The gun Imes used was among a number of firearms taken Wednesday during another Washington Terrace home burglary, Smith said.
Imes, according to court documents, had a criminal record for theft and drug charges, but no violent offenses, dating back to 1985, including time in Utah State Prison in 1989 and 1993.
At the time of his death, Imes was on probation for an evading charge out of Salt Lake County, although as late as 2009, Imes' address was listed as Washington Terrace, only blocks from where he was shot.