Suspect in Ogden officer-involved-shooting identified

Jun 9, 2023, 4:29 PM | Updated: 6:24 pm

Ogden police provided more information on Friday about an officer-involved shooting that would inju...

The scene of an officer involved shooting in Ogden this week where a 37-year-old suspect would be fatally shot by police. (Hugo Rikard Bell, KSL NewsRadio)

(Hugo Rikard Bell, KSL NewsRadio)

OGDEN, Utah — Ogden police provided more information on Friday about an officer-involved shooting that would injure a police officer, and take the life of a suspect.

Ogden police were first called to the Washington Park Apartments, at 170 North Washington Blvd., on Tuesday after a 911 caller told them a protective order had been violated.

Only moments later, an officer would be hospitalized with a gunshot wound and a suspect, now identified as Brian Simonton, age 37, would be dead.

According to police, the 911 caller said that Simonton was agitated, armed, and acting like he wanted to kill himself or be killed. As soon as a responding officer arrived on the scene, he encountered Simonton.

“Walking in the parking lot, carrying the handgun,” said Ogden Police Chief Eric Young on Friday. “The officer issued verbal commands for Simonton to drop the weapon, repeatedly.

“Simonton did not comply and ultimately raised the handgun, and pointed it at the officer and fired,” Young said.

That’s when backup was called, police said. Eight officers would quickly arrive on the scene and were part of the shootout that ensued. The original responding officer was shot during the exchange of gunfire.

“The round didn’t enter his chest, but it did cause damage,” Young said. The same cannot be said about the suspect.

“Simonton was struck by several rounds, and he fell to the ground.”

An investigation by the Weber-Morgan Critical Incident Task Force continues, said Chief Young. The officers that were directly involved in the shooting remain on administrative leave. The officer that was injured was hospitalized but released earlier this week.

Related: Suspect killed, Ogden police officer stable after officer-involved shooting

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Suspect in Ogden officer-involved-shooting identified