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Hero down: Utah police officer slain responding to domestic violence call

An Ogden city police officer was killed and a probation officer wounded Thursday responding to a domestic violence call in the northeastern part of the Utah city.

Deseret News reported that a woman called 911 shortly after noon and told dispatchers that her husband was threatening to kill her. The call was disconnected, and when dispatchers could not reconnect, police headed to the scene.

They were met by the man on the home’s front porch. He was uncooperative, police said, went back into the home, and began firing through the door, striking the police officer.

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As some officers dragged their fallen colleague from the scene, other officers returned fire toward the house, Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt said.

The police officer was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The probation officer received non-life-threatening wounds and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Watt said a SWAT team was called in and extracted “some children” from the house. They found the man dead inside, but Watt did not say if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot or if he was shot by officers. He also did not say anything about the condition of the woman who called 911.

“Our hearts are broken,” Watt said. “We’ve lost one of our own.”

Watt did not identify the slain police officer or the suspect.

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