ALL NEWS

Concealed carry holder protects kids at Ogden school

May 27, 2021, 9:45 AM | Updated: 1:06 pm

OGDEN, Utah — Police said a school employee armed with his concealed carry weapon stopped a possible kidnapper at Lincoln Elementary School.

Ogden police said Ira Cox-Berry went to the playground Tuesday and grabbed an 11-year-old girl by the arm. A school employee confronted the man, who let go of the girl. The employee moved the girl and 19 other children inside the school and away from Cox-Berry.

Cox-Berry then punched a school window, police said. That’s when police said a school employee pulled his handgun while calling 911.

“[He] approached the window and tried to break the window to get into the classroom,” said Lt Bryan Eynon. “At that particular time, the school employee then drew a handgun and pointed it at Cox-Berry and he attempted to flee.”

He is a concealed carry permit holder. Officers arrested the Cox-Berry when they arrived.

Ogden district spokesman Jer Bates said the employees did everything right. They have been trained to remove students from the situation, lock school doors and when all else fails, confront the suspect.

“We’re grateful that an adult was at the scene and had the presence of mind to intervene and take steps to ensure both student safety and the safety of fellow employees,” Bates told KSL TV.

Officers said Cox-Berry was high on drugs and did not know the children. He yelled “Emily” but that was not the name of the girl he grabbed. He was booked into the Weber County Jail on suspicion of attempted child kidnapping.

A crisis-response team was at the school to counsel any students as needed.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Salt Lake City Police have arrested two people in connection to a fatal shooting on Wednesday, Feb....
Mark Jones

SLCPD arrest two people in connection to a Wednesday shooting

Two people have been arrested in connection to a Wednesday shooting, according to Salt Lake City Police. The victim, a 35-year-old, died at the hospital.
22 hours ago
Utah 2022 legislative session...
Mark Jones

Bill would require buildings to post signs for events meant for adults

One Utah lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require signs be posted on public buildings that will be hosting events meant for adults.
22 hours ago
Multiple dollar bills are pictured, social security will see a bump...
Mark Jones

Eyeing retirement: How much money is enough after you leave a job?

How do you know when it's time to leave a job or if you'll have enough for retirement? Dave and Dujanovic talk to a financial planner about this important question.
22 hours ago
Salt Lake City Police are investigating a fatal stabbing at the Palmer Court Apartments on Thursday...
Mark Jones

One person dead following a stabbing in Salt Lake City suspect still at large

One person died following a stabbing in Salt Lake City on Thursday afternoon, according to Salt Lake City Police. Police are still searching for a suspect.
22 hours ago
UDOT crews fill potholes...
Devin Oldroyd

UDOT uses public’s help locating potholes

UDOT spokesperson John Gleason says the department is monitoring where the potholes are, thanks in large part to the public.
22 hours ago
interest rate...
Curt Gresseth

Interest rate ticks up. Time to tame your debt.

The chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com joins the show to talk about the rising interest rate and how you can get out from under the debt you have accumulated.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Concealed carry holder protects kids at Ogden school