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North Ogden man killed by group that had assaulted his brother, police say

Men arrested in connection to shooting death

Ryan Joseph Dash
Weber County Jail

NORTH OGDEN — A 29-year-old man was shot and killed in North Ogden on Saturday by a group that had earlier assaulted his brother, according to police.

Ryan Joseph Dash, 32, of Ogden, and Brian Christopher Jenson, 28, of Brigham City, were booked into the Weber County Jail in connection to the shooting, North Ogden police said in a statement Sunday.

Just after midnight Saturday, officers were called on the report of shots fired at 432 E. 1700 North and found Dalton Wood, of North Ogden, lying on the side of the road with a gunshot wound to his chest and to his lower extremities, according to police booking affidavits filed in support of Dash’s and Jenson’s arrests.

Wood was taken to a hospital where he died soon after.

Witnesses reported seeing two people flee the area in a dark SUV, and “a single spent 9 mm shell casing and the pellet bowl from a spent shotgun round were found in close proximity to the victim, and two unspent shotgun shells were found nearby,” the affidavit states.

Investigators identified Dash as a potential suspect in the shooting and set up surveillance outside his home, according to the affidavit.

“Dash was witnessed loading items into a vehicle at the residence, and it was suspected that Dash may be preparing to leave the area. Dash was contacted, and after initially attempting to flee from officers, he surrendered,” police wrote.

While being interviewed by detectives, Dash eventually told them he shot Wood with a handgun and shotgun, the affidavit states.

“Dash explained that he had assaulted (Wood’s) brother previously, and that in response, (Wood) threatened him. They arranged to meet at a location in North Ogden. Dash stated that (Wood) was alone, and that (Wood) had his hands in his pocket. He admitted that (Wood) did not brandish a weapon,” according to police.

Dash allegedly told the detectives he “then killed the (expletive).”

Court documents do not explain the connection between Dash and the Wood’s brother.

Police said Dash also told them he threw his guns off an overpass and burned his clothes in a church parking lot.

Through interviews, police identified Jenson as also having been involved in the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Brian Christopher Jenson
Weber County Jail

In an interview, Jenson told detectives “he accompanied three associates as they went to the location of occurrence in North Ogden to talk to (Wood) about comments (Wood) had directed toward them recently after they assaulted (Wood’s) brother,” court documents state.

“Jenson admitted that he was aware that his associates were armed with firearms, and he claimed that he, himself was armed with brass knuckles. Jenson denied firing the weapons himself, which contradicts other information received in the course of this investigation. Jenson later agreed to assist investigators by showing them where they took the firearms after this incident,” according to the affidavit.

Court documents show criminal histories in Utah for both Dash and Jenson.

Police said Dash is on parole for previous charges. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to attempted theft by receiving stolen property, attempted possession or use of a controlled substance, and aggravated assault in two separate cases. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful acquisition or possession of a transfer card.

In 2008, Jenson pleaded guilty to failure to stop or respond at command of police, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, among several other charges in the same case. In 2010, Jenson pleaded guilty to assault by a prisoner. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to failure to stop or respond at command of police, according to court documents.