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Ogden Police identify officer and suspect killed in shootout

Posted at 9:26 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 20:30:42-04

OGDEN, Utah — Ogden Police have released the name of the officer and suspect who died in a shootout Thursday afternoon.

The officer was 24-year-old Nate Lyday, police said in a news conference Friday morning.

Ogden Police said Lyday was getting ready to celebrate his fifth wedding anniversary and his wife's graduation from Weber State University.

"A warrior, guardian and public servant, Officer Lyday sacrificed his life on behalf of the threatened and fearful family on the scene, the citizens of Ogden and immediate area, the greater Ogden community and the fellow law enforcement officers who were with him," said Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt.

Lyday was born in Ogden, loved his job and is remembered as always smiling, an Ogden Police spokesman said.

Lyday attended public schools in Ogden and graduated summa cum laude from Weber State University with a bachelor degree in criminal justice. His father was also a police officer in Davis County, Watt said.

Watt said Lyday had been part of the force for about 15 months before his passing.

Police said the suspect was 53-year-old John Benedict Coleman.

Watch FOX 13 for further details as we get them.

Donations can be made to Officer Lyday's family at any America First Credit Union branch, or by transfer for existing AFCU members, at this account:

America First Credit Union
Nathan Lyday Memorial Account
Account Number 9115916