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18-year-old shot by Ogden officer after 'advancing rapidly' with gun and knife, police say

Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 00:41:20-04

OGDEN, Utah — A man was shot by a police officer in Ogden Tuesday night after reportedly going after the officer with a gun and a knife.

Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt said shortly after 7 p.m., a case worker with the Utah Department of Human Services called 911 to report that an 18-year-old man at a residence on the 800 block of 5th Street was threatening to kill himself and was armed with a shotgun. A subsequent follow-up call reported that he was fighting with two people inside the home, still armed with the shotgun.

When police arrived and set up a perimeter around the home, two people came out of the front of the house and relayed information to the officers. During that time, Watt said the 18-year-old came out of the back of the house and "advanced rapidly" toward an officer while wielding a handgun and a butcher knife.

Watt said the man did not obey orders to stop, and the officer fired several rounds, striking the man once. First aid was administered and he was transported to the hospital, where Watt said he is in good condition.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the Weber County Attorney's Office conducts an investigation per protocol. The officer was wearing a body-worn camera that was turned on at the time.