A 56-year-old man has died following a shootout with police after he barricaded himself in a South Ogden home late Tuesday night, police confirmed Wednesday evening.
SWAT members from Ogden, Layton and Brigham City entered the residence at about 11:45 a.m. and found the suspect had died, according to Sgt. David Labbe, of the South Ogden Police Department. The identity of the man and cause of death have not been released.
After determining the suspect was dead and the residence was secured, the shelter-in-place order for the Country View Drive neighborhood was lifted, Labbe said. Police added that 4500 South, which had been closed during the incident, had also been reopened.
The incident began about 7 p.m. on Tuesday when officers were called to a hospital to investigate an assault that reached a felony level, said Labbe. Officers learned that three people had been assaulted in a domestic violence situation and obtained a warrant.
SWAT officers went to the residence at 4526 Country View Drive about 9 p.m. to interview the man, Labbe said, but the man wasn’t responsive to the officer’s attempts to talk with him.
Negotiations with officers and SWAT team members went on throughout the night, but ended shortly after midnight. Approximately 15 minutes later, the man fired at the officers and a shootout ensued, according to Labbe.
The man exchanged gunfire with officers several times throughout the night, Labbe said, though it’s not clear exactly how many shots were fired.
A reverse 911 call went out instructing people within the neighborhood to shelter in their homes. The order remained in effect until late Wednesday afternoon, according to Labbe.
“It’s best that folks hearing this gunfire going off, that they take cover within their homes until they get direction otherwise,” said Labbe in a press conference. “Domestic violence situations can be quite volatile. There’s a lot of unknowns going in, and officers are trained to react to those as, as we present themselves. Not everyone is the same.”
Information regarding the incident has been turned over to the Weber County Attorney’s Office and the Officer Involved Critical Incident Investigative Protocol has been initiated, according to Labbe.
“Everyone writes reports, we all work together, we’ve worked well together for many years. They have some experts that they dig into this and make sure that nothing does fall through the cracks and that we cross every t and dot every i,” Labbe said.
Police responded to the home earlier in June on a report of a verbal argument between family members, Labbe said. Information regarding the three family members injured in the domestic violence aggravated assault, including the extent of their injuries, was not released.