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Ogden man surrenders after shotgun blast, 2-hour police standoff

By Mark Shenefelt - | Dec 3, 2021

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OGDEN — An Ogden man surrendered to police Thursday morning after allegedly donning a bulletproof vest, firing a shotgun next to his sister’s head and threatening to confront officers.

Police were called to investigate a disturbance at about 4:20 a.m. in the 200 North block of Eccles Avenue. A 911 caller told officers that Matias Yosino, 18, had a shotgun and a pistol, was threatening family members and made threats to shoot police, according to an Ogden Police Department probable cause statement.

Almost two hours later, Yosino emerged from the home without the weapons and was arrested.

The arrest affidavit said Yosino allegedly broke in the door of his sister’s room, holding the guns and threatening to hurt her. Yosino allegedly held the shotgun next to her head and fired a blast into the ceiling.

The sister and their mother told police that Yosino had been drinking. During a search, police found drug paraphernalia and a homemade firearm in a container in the backyard, according to the affidavit.

“Matias stated he intended to commit suicide by cop,” an officer wrote in the affidavit. “However, I found a bulletproof vest in the front room. When asked about the vest, Matias said he had put it on for protection. Matias’s behavior of arming himself with two different guns and putting on body armor suggests that instead of suicide by cop, he intended to have a full-fledged shootout.”

The officer said if Yosino’s mother had not talked him into surrendering, the suspect or officers could have been seriously injured or killed.

Yosino was held without bail at the Weber County Jail. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office on Friday charged Yosino with aggravated assault, felony discharge of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, all third-degree felonies, plus misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, intoxication and criminal mischief.

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