Man shot by police pleads guilty to assaulting officer
OGDEN — A man shot by an Ogden police officer has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge for threatening the officer with a knife.
Casey Pacheco, 32, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree felony assault on a police officer stemming from a Nov. 1 incident in the 200 block of 26th Street. In return, the Weber County Attorney’s Office dropped a class A misdemeanor charge of using a dangerous weapon in a fight. The plea bargain was filed Nov. 26.
Charging documents said a police officer responded to a report of a man holding a knife to a woman’s neck. It happened on a sidewalk next to a street construction project with several workers and others nearby.
As the officer arrived and told Pacheco to drop the knife, the man turned toward the officer and walked toward him, refusing to drop the knife, the arrest affidavit said. “Pacheco was yelling at the officer, ‘You are going to have to kill me,'” the affidavit said.
When Pacheco moved to close the distance, the officer fired four times, hitting Pacheco twice. Police arrested Pacheco after he was released from a local hospital.
Second District Judge Reuben Renstrom scheduled sentencing for Jan. 4. A third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.
The police officer was put on paid leave, standard procedure when an officer uses deadly force, pending an investigation into the shooting.