OGDEN — An Ogden Police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old robbery suspect Tuesday afternoon after he led officers on a chase and then allegedly pointed a gun at the officer.
OPD Deputy Chief Eric Young told reporters Tuesday evening that detectives from the Ogden and Woods Cross police departments were conducting surveillance on one of three alleged robbery suspects connected to four armed robberies in Weber and Davis counties.
The detectives found a stolen vehicle on the 300 block of 7th Street they believed the suspect was driving. They were surveilling the apartment when the suspect got into the vehicle and tried to drive away, Young said. Beforehand, detectives had placed a device near one of the car’s tires, which punctured and flattened the tire when the man tried to drive away.
Officers chased the car, which had a flat tire. The chase continued to the intersection of Depot Drive and 12th Street, where the suspect’s car hit two other vehicles and a police vehicle, Young said.
The suspect was doing “everything he could to get away” during the chase, Young said.
An Ogden Police detective — whose name was not released at the press conference — told the man to get out of the car. After the officer issued the command, Young said the suspect pointed a gun at the detective, prompting the detective to fire “several shots” at the suspect. Young said the man did not fire shots at the officer.
The man was treated at the scene before being taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden where he was later pronounced dead, Young said.
Young said the man killed was an 18-year-old Hispanic man, but did not release the man’s name during the Tuesday press conference, pending notification of the man’s family.
“This is an unfortunate loss of a young man, and we empathize with his family that will be grieving,” Young said.
The officer in the shooting is said to be an investigator in the OPD’s detectives bureau, and will be on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol, pending an investigation, Young said. The shooting will be investigated by the Weber County Attorney’s Office.
He praised the officer’s actions, saying the department is proud of the officer and the “brave actions he took to protect our community.” He said the officers were smart to put the device below the car’s tire before the chase began, which partially disable the vehicle and reduced the car’s speed.
No injuries were reported to the officer or those involved in the car crash just prior to the shooting, according to Young.
The man was one of three suspects in a total of four armed robberies that occurred in the past two weeks, Young said. In one of the robberies, a gas station clerk was “pistol whipped” by one of the robbers. At least one of the three suspects has yet to be located by law enforcement.
One of the robberies occurred at an Ogden 7-Eleven located at 32nd Street and Harrison Boulevard on Nov. 28, according to Young.
Tuesday’s police shooting is the third time in 25 days that an Ogden Police officer has used lethal force. Young said the “last thing an officer wants to do is be involved in an officer-related shooting,” and police do everything they can to avoid these kinds of situations.
Young added that the recent shootings are not indicative of Ogden’s overall crime rate, and said that the city has seen a “record-setting” drop in violent crime.
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 and a police car that arrived 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.