A gunman shot six police officers and killed one while the police tried serving a search warrant in Ogden, Utah, a police spokesperson said. Medical personnel rushed all six to local hospitals after the shooting, said Ogden Assistant Police Chief Marcy Korgenski. Police wounded the suspect in the firefight, and medics later rushed the suspect to the hospital. The officer whom the gunman allegedly killed was Ogden city officer Jared Francom.
Francom was a seven-year veteran of the Ogden Police. He is survived by his wife and two young children. The remaining five officers remain hospitalized and their injuries range from serious to critical, police said. Medical experts do not consider the suspect’s injuries to be life threatening.
The shooting took place when the officers, who were part of a narcotics task force, attempted to serve a search warrant at an Ogden address Wednesday night. According to the statement, Ogden is about forty miles north of Salt Lake City, in northern Utah. There is a general rise in the number of police officers killed in the line of duty across the nation. There was a 16 percent increase in the number of police officers killed in 2011 compared to the previous year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Last year, 177 officers lost their lives, compared to 153 in 2010. Our thoughts are with the families of the officers.