OGDEN — Two Ogden Police officers shot and killed an alleged kidnapping suspect after the man opened fire on the officers Friday evening in downtown Ogden, according to Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt.
Around 6:10 p.m., a woman flagged down a police squad car near the 2500 block of Washington Boulevard and told the officer she was kidnapped earlier in the evening. She gave the officer a description of the man, whom Watt said was in the “nearby area.”
As more officers began to respond to the area, Watt said the suspect pulled out a pistol began shooting at a police vehicle when it moved closer to his position. A police car was hit “several” times, Watt said, but no officers were hit by bullets or injured from the gunshots.
Two officers returned fire, Watt said, killing the alleged suspect. Watt described the suspect as an “armed felon” who was caught in the act. Watt was unsure how many shots were fired between the two officers and the suspect.
Watt said police believe the deceased suspect is in his 30s, but did not provide the man’s name as of Friday night.
The two officers were put on paid administrative leave shortly after the shooting, per the police department’s protocol.
At least one of the officers was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, Watt said.
Watt said the abduction happened outside the city before the suspect and victim drove to Ogden. The full details of the kidnapping are still under investigation, he said.
Although the shooting took place just off Washington Boulevard near the Ogden Christmas Village, Watt said police were fortunate that “almost nobody” was in the nearby area of the shooting.
Watt praised the actions of the two officers who shot and killed the suspect, saying the department is proud of the officers and what they did.
“They were unfortunate actions, but necessary actions,” Watt said.
He added that police are grateful that the victim was able to escape from the suspect and that she is now “safe and well.”
Washington Boulevard from 25th Street to 26th Street was closed to traffic as police investigated.
Friday’s fatal shooting is the second officer-involved shooting to occur in Ogden this month. On Nov. 9, two officers shot and killed 33-year-old Christopher William Parrish after he allegedly picked up a rock and “rapidly and violently attacked” the two officers.