NewsLocal News


Dramatic footage released moments before alleged kidnapping suspect shot dead by Ogden officers

Posted at 3:58 PM, Dec 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-02 00:37:31-05

OGDEN, Utah -- Two of Ogden City Police Department officers have been put on administrative leave as internal affairs investigates what happened during an officer-involved shooting outside of the Ogden City Municipal building Friday night; which resulted in the death of a man.

The suspect who was killed in the shooting was identified by police Saturday as Richard Galvan, 37.

OCPD released video Saturday that very clearly shows Galvan being approached by police, turning from them at one point, then pulling a 45-caliber handgun from his waist and firing shots at officers.

“During the exchange of gunfire, the suspect was struck in the head by a round,” Chief Steven Watt, Ogden City Police, told Fox 13.

Police officers were notified of Galvan’s whereabouts by a woman who claims she had been threatened and held hostage for an entire day in her own home by Galvan.

“Investigation review says the female victim met the suspect through social media contacts and then the suspect had moved to Utah area in October 2017,” Watt said.

Watt stated that the woman and Galvan started a relationship when he moved to Utah. Recently, that relationship was ended by the woman and Galvan didn’t take the separation very well.

“The female victim had recently told the suspect to stay away from her and he had made a threatening statement and yesterday, Nov. 30, she woke to find him in her home and spent the greater the part of the day at home. He then forced her to accompany him from the house and to drive him around in her vehicle,”  Watt said.

Police said surveillance footage showed that Galvan left the vehicle, allowing the woman to take the car and drive eastbound on 28th and Washington Blvd. in Ogden.

From there she was able to signal police by flashing her headlights on the vehicle.

“She provided the officer the suspect's name, description and also stated that he was armed with a pistol,” Watt said.

Multiple shots were fired between the suspect and officers and according to officials, nobody was in the area at the time of the shooting, which prevented anyone else from getting injured or worse.

“Galvan was wanted by the El Paso County Sheriff’s office in Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,” Watt said “Galvan had an additional felony and misdemeanor crimes and history. Tattoos and historical data identify Galvan as the south side and 18th street gang"

Video of the shooting can be seen below:

Warning: This video contains graphic footage. viewer discretion is advised.