SOUTH OGDEN -- A 45-year-old man who robbed a bank Friday and led police on a chase was finally shot outside a South Ogden home and arrested, police say.
The man, who was not immediately identified, disguised his face and robbed Key Bank at 3775 S. Wall Ave. about 2:47 p.m., police say.
He threatened several employees with a handgun, ordered everyone to the back of the bank and made off with an undisclosed amount of money, said South Ogden Officer Marci Edwards.
"He told them he was going to kill them. ... He was obviously a desperate man," she said.
No one at the bank was harmed.
Police caught up to the suspect on Riverdale Road, but he would not pull over. Instead, he led police on a chase in a white or silver Jeep Rubicon down Interstate 15 into Davis County, then back to Weber County. Police lost sight of the vehicle once the chase returned to Weber.
Soon after they lost him, police got a report that the Jeep had crashed near 4400 West and 2550 South in Taylor. There, he reportedly carjacked a woman at gunpoint and made off in her silver, older-model Jeep Cherokee.
The unidentified woman was not harmed, Edwards said.
The robbery suspect was later spotted at 38th Street and Raymond Avenue. He entered a home on the 3900 block of Raymond Avenue and got into a fight with the male homeowner.
Andy Bailey, of 3936 Raymond Ave., said the robber was looking to get into a house. Bailey said he found out from his neighbor, Tyler Groves, of 3940 Raymond Ave., whose house the suspect did enter, what might have happened if his own doors had not been locked.
"The robber had forced his way into the home. My neighbor is a fairly big guy, and he wrestled with him and got a baseball bat and was hitting him with that and finally pushed him out of the house," Bailey said.
It was then the robber was shot by police.
Officers were waiting for the suspect outside. He pointed his gun at the officers, who fired and struck him in the lower half of his body, Edwards said. Police could not confirm how many shots were fired, which officers fired at the suspect or how many times the suspect was hit.
The suspect was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, but police believe his injuries are not life-threatening, Edwards said.
At this time, police do not know of any connection between the suspect and the home he entered, Edwards said. The homeowner, if he was injured, did not suffer any significant injuries, she said.
Groves declined to talk to the news media. He stayed in a neighbor's house until South Ogden police detectives escorted him and his wife to a vehicle to be interviewed at the police station.
South of the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Carney Street, gaggles of residents huddled on front porches and sidewalks, talking about the robber who ran through their backyards. Yellow crime scene tape fluttered in the cold wind blowing around several of their homes.
Andy Bailey's wife, Janna, said her strongest impression of the situation was "lots of guns, lots of guns."
The robber ran through her backyard and the yards of their neighbors, she said. "We had police everywhere. Our fence is knocked down."
Andy Bailey said, "The way it started, we were on the front porch because we saw a police car come down the road."
A neighbor on the phone told them a police chase was going through their neighborhood, "and once we heard guns were drawn, we got everyone inside, locked the doors and got down in the basement."
Down there, he said, they waited, "and heard someone pounding on the door yelling, 'This is medical', and I assumed it was the robber," because he couldn't see real medics or police yelling like that.
Janna Bailey said she was just glad that nobody in the neighborhood was injured.
"It's amazing that no one else was hurt," Edwards said, considering how many people the suspect threatened throughout the ordeal.
The suspect is facing numerous charges, but Edwards declined to specify what they would be as of Friday afternoon.
She also declined to confirm if the suspect has any prior convictions but said South Ogden police have never dealt with him before.
Though Edwards could not confirm which officer or officers are on paid administrative leave, she said it is standard procedure during the investigation for any officer involved in a shooting.