OGDEN — Police released the name of a man shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by an Ogden Police officer following a surveillance mission and car chase that ended at 12th Street and Depot Drive.
Anthony Ray Borden-Cortez, 18, an Ogden resident, was also suspect in several armed robberies that had taken place over the past two weeks in Weber and Davis counties, police said.
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Ogden Police Deputy Chief Eric Young said Borden-Cortez was one of three suspects in four armed robberies in Layton, Woods Cross, Roy and Ogden. Detectives were surveilling an apartment in Ogden where they thought Borden-Cortez might be, after the information was given to them by another police agency in Davis County investigating the robberies.
When the information on Borden-Cortez was distributed to police departments, Borden-Cortez was described as “armed, dangerous and willing to shoot it out with officers,” Young said.
While police were surveilling the apartment, Borden-Cortez got into an allegedly stolen car and drove away in an effort to evade police. Beforehand, detectives had placed a device near one of the car’s tires, which punctured and flattened the tire when Borden-Cortez tried to drive away. Police say he continued to evade police even though one of his tires was flat.
The police chase ended when Borden-Cortez’s car hit two civilian cars and a law enforcement car at the intersection of 12th Street and Depot Drive in Ogden.
While an Ogden detective ordered Borden-Cortez to get out of the car, Borden-Cortez pointed a gun at the officer, prompting the officer to fire “several” shots at him, according to Young. Although first responders treated Borden-Cortez at the scene of the shooting, he later died at McKay-Dee Hospital.
Young said the gun Borden-Cortez pointed at the officer was a rifle-style BB gun that “had every appearance of a real rifle.”
The Ogden officer who shot Borden-Cortez was not wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, Young said, but multiple officers who were at the scene at the shooting were wearing theirs. Young said that the body camera footage was still being processed at the time of the Wednesday press conference.
Borden-Cortez does not have an adult criminal record, Young said, as he had just recently turned 18.
After the shooting, a warrant was approved to search the residence Borden-Cortez came from, Young said. Members of the Ogden Metro SWAT team executed the search warrant and collected evidence connected to the armed robberies, according to Young.
Ogden Police and other agencies are working together to identify and arrest another suspect in the robberies.
Young added that the recent police shootings take a toll on the officers themselves, saying these situations are the last thing any officer wants to be a part of. He said officers train for these types of issues, but unfortunately officers are put in these situations and do what they must to keep the public safe.
“Trust me when I say our officers don’t want to deal with these kinds of situations,” Young said. “They don’t want to be put in these situations, their families do not want to be put in these types of situations.”
The officer in Tuesday’s shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol for the department. The officer will remain on leave until the investigation is finished by the Weber County Attorney’s Office.
Tuesday’s fatal police shooting marks the third time Ogden police officers have shot and killed someone, with all three occurring in the past 25 days. Another police shooting occurred within the month just south of Weber County in Clinton on Nov. 25.
Young said the timing of the shootings is coincidental and none of the three incidents are related in any way. He said the police shootings are not indicative of Ogden’s overall crime rate. Young added the city has seen a drop in overall crime and violent crime in the past year.
OTHER POLICE SHOOTINGS
Within the week on Friday, Nov. 30, two Ogden officers shot and killed 37-year-old Richard Galvan, who was suspected of kidnapping a woman earlier that day. As a police officer walked toward Galvan, he pulled out a .45-caliber gun and started firing at the officer with a police car arriving moments later. Police then shot and killed him.
Galvan had served eight years in prison in Colorado for aggravated kidnapping and threatening police officers, according to Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt. At the time of his death, Galvan was wanted in El Paso County, Texas, and Adams County, Colorado, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
On Nov. 9, two Ogden officers shot and killed 33-year-old Christopher William Parrish after he allegedly “rapidly and violently attacked” the two officers with a softball-size rock, according to Watt. They fired Tasers at him but the stun guns were ineffective, Watt said. He continued to attack and they both fired their service handguns, killing him, the chief said.
The incident began when police tried to question Parrish after reports of a man “acting violently” toward people at an Ogden Walmart. Parrish fled in a car before being confronted by officers.
Parrish has a criminal record in Arizona and Oregon, including a conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.
Allen Scott Culpepper, a 64-year-old Clinton resident, was shot by an officer with the Syracuse Police Department after a three-hour standoff between Culpepper and police on Sunday, Nov. 25. Police allege that Culpepper had “multiple weapons” in the vehicle and refused to surrender the weapons to police before the officer shot and killed him.
Details regarding why the officer fired his gun and the events leading up to the shooting in Clinton have not been released by law enforcement.