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Man shot by police gets probation for assaulting Ogden officer

By Mark Shenefelt - | Jan 14, 2022

Photo supplied, Ogden Police Department

Casey Pacheco

OGDEN — A man who was shot by an Ogden police officer after threatening him with a knife has been sentenced to probation for three years.

Second District Judge Reuben Renstrom sentenced Casey Pacheco, 32, on Jan. 4 after the defendant agreed to a plea bargain in late November for his role in the incident Nov. 1, 2021.

Ogden police said in charging documents that an officer responded to a report of a man holding a knife to a woman’s neck on a downtown 26th Street sidewalk.

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.

The Weber County Attorney’s Office initially charged Pacheco with second-degree felony assault on a police officer and class A misdemeanor use of a dangerous weapon in a fight. The Nov. 26 plea bargain reduced the assault charge to a third-degree felony and erased the weapon charge.

Renstrom sentenced Pacheco to a suspended state prison term of up to five years, plus 59 days in jail, crediting him for that time already served. He imposed probation requiring Pacheco to undergo moral reconation therapy and be evaluated for substance abuse and mental health treatment. The judge also fined him $600 and ordered him to pay a $500 public defender fee.

The police officer was placed on leave, standard procedure, pending a critical incident investigation of the shooting by the county attorney’s office. Efforts to contact County Attorney Christopher Allred about the status of the investigation were not immediately successful.

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