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Update released regarding January police shooting in Riverdale

By Rob Nielsen - | Feb 14, 2024

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RIVERDALE — New details have been made available in the fatal shooting by police of a stabbing suspect last month.

Late last week, the Weber County Attorney’s Office released a “Critical Incident Community Briefing” regarding the Jan. 14 incident in which William Marvin Toon, 28, of Highland was shot as police attempted to apprehend him nearly a month after being accused of stabbing a person in Pleasant Grove. The attempted arrest involved members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, Ogden Metro Gang Unit and the Utah County Major Crimes Unit.

In the report, released on YouTube, it was noted that the stabbing occurred Dec.  10, 2023. Toon eventually was located in mid-January. Between Jan. 12-14, police tried to apprehend Toon on two separate occasions via traffic stops, but he fled both times. In the second pursuit, conducted in the early morning hours of Jan. 14, police dashcam footage included in the report shows officers pursuing Toon’s vehicle on the interstate in snowy conditions that eventually caused the pursuing officer to lose control of their vehicle.

Toon was located a third time while pulling into a gas station as a passenger in a vehicle in the 700 block of West Riverdale Road the next day.

The report is largely comprised of surveillance footage of the gas station, as members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force do not typically utilize body-worn cameras due to the undercover nature of their job, text in the YouTube video explains.

“Several of our task forces across the state, including the one here in Ogden/Weber, cooperate with federal entities including the FBI, Marshal Service, (Drug Enforcement Administration),” Ogden Police Chief Eric Young said during a press conference last month on the shooting. “There’s been some very restrictive guidelines, historically, in working with body-worn cameras and federal entities. Those have since changed so we’re now working towards getting body-worn cameras for our gang officers who are cross-deputized as part of a federal task force. We anticipate they will have those very soon. Narcotics task forces, it’s a different kind of job where you do a lot of undercover work and interpersonal work with drug dealers. That’s a little more of a challenge to get those individuals to be able to utilize a body-worn camera.”

In the surveillance footage, Toon is shown walking into the store and wandering toward the back before returning to the front counter to retrieve what appears to be a restroom key attached to a long handle from the clerk. At this moment, several law enforcement officers begin entering the store and order Toon to comply with their commands. Toon holds a free hand in his hoodie pocket and does not comply with several orders to remove it, instead walking away from officers around the store and behind the counter. A customer exits but two employees take cover in a small alcove behind the counter. As he walks behind the counter, Toon approaches the employees, at which point he is shot several times.

Toon was pronounced dead at the scene. No injuries were reported by anyone else who was on-site.

Toon was found to have no weapons in his possession but was concealing $20,000 in cash under his waistband. A bag that had been in his possession contained drugs. The driver of the car Toon arrived in was taken into custody but later released and was not identified in the report.

The report concludes by saying: “The Weber County Force Investigation Team is responsible for this investigation, which is ongoing. A final report with all of the evidence will be prepared and submitted to the Weber County Attorney’s Office for final review.”

Toon had an extensive criminal history that included convictions for drug charges, assault and arson in Utah, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Most recently, he was released from the Utah State Prison in late 2021 and finished parole in mid-2023.


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