Police identify suspect shot at Ogden restaurant, owner speaks after incident

Posted at 8:36 PM, Nov 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-21 23:19:12-05

OGDEN, Utah - An officer is out of the hospital and a suspect is in critical condition after a shooting at an Ogden restaurant.

Authorities said two officers walked into Lee's Mongolian Bar-B-Q near 2800 Washington Blvd. Thursday night and found a wanted fugitive, 36-year-old Leonard Russell Marion,  which led to an altercation in the restaurant.

At some point an officer shot Marion who was then rushed to the hospital.

"The suspect did have a gun once that gun was displayed shots were fired," said Lt. Danielle Croyle of the Ogden Police Department.

Restaurant owner Shouchen Lee witnessed the shooting.

"The next thing I knew the police and him are on the floor, they forced him onto the floor and that's how it happened, it happened so quickly all we heard was the bang bang," Lee said. “It’s really a shock to me, to my employees. It’s like wow, this is a little difficult to handle, not sure what to think of it."

Lee said Marion acted like any other customer: “He was just doing the regular thing on his cell phone, eating his dinner, doing Facebook, you know we have wi-fi here so he might be online so he was just doing his own thing."

Officials said Marion was wanted for questioning about possession of meth and evading authorities.

Marion has a criminal history dating back more than a decade, which includes possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, exposing a child to a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm.

"Once he's medically cleared he'll probably be looking at criminal charges," Croyle said.

Police have not confirmed what led the officer to shoot Marion or if he was armed.

Croyle said one officer was injured in the incident but it wasn't from a gunshot wound.

She didn't confirm how the officer was injured but said he was treated at the hospital and has since been released.

Croyle said it was fortunate no one else was injured in the crowded restaurant.

Weber County officials are conducting an independent investigation into the incident.