Name of deceased suspect released after fatal shooting of Ogden police officer

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OGDEN, Utah, May 29, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Ogden City Police Department has confirmed the name of the suspect in Thursday’s officer-involved shooting, which left a young OCPD officer and the suspect dead and a third man injured.

The deceased suspect was John Benedict Coleman, 53.

The name of the officer killed has not yet been released, but is expected to be shared on Friday. He has been described as a young man who served on the force for 15 months.

The shootings happened after officers responded to the area of 365 Jackson Ave. at about 12:15 p.m. A female caller had said her husband was threatening to kill her.

“The call was disconnected without further information, and attempts to reconnect were unsuccessful,” said Chief Steve “Randy” Watt, OCPD, at a Thursday news conference.

Ogden Police Chief Steven “Randy” Watt. File photo: Gephardt Daily/Nancy Van Valkenburg

“When officers arrived on the scene, they were confronted by a male in the area of the front porch. He was uncooperative and suddenly retreated into the home, slamming the door behind him. As officers moved quickly to the door to attempt to follow the suspect, he began firing through the door.

“The Ogden officer who was struck by a fatal round was dragged from the scene by other officers.”

The officer was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Watt said. An adult probation officer at the scene was also struck by gunfire. He was treated at the hospital and is recovering from non-life-threatening wounds, Watt added.

At the time the fallen officer was being dragged from the scene, other officers returned fire, Watt said. SWAT team members entered the house, determined the suspected shooter — now identified as Coleman — was dead, and retrieved children from the house.

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

“The days to come will be hectic for us. Please, as a department, as a community, as a state and as a nation, let us not forget such fine men and women who, every day, offer their lives up on behalf of this great and noble calling.”

The news conference was held in the Francom Public Service Building, named for late  Officer Jared Francom, who was shot to death in 2012 while serving in the Ogden City Police Department.

Gephardt Daily will have more information as it is released.




  1. I am so sorry for the fallen officer as he laid down his life to protect someone else. That is a brave and heroic for anyone to do. But what happened to the woman that made the call. The whole reason he laid down his life they mentioned the kids being safe they mentioned the fallen officer r.i.p. but he laid his life down to save that woman and no one for 2 days can even mention if she was ok if she got harmed if she got shot or if she made it out. They mentioned her making the call and 5 kids making it out. Ever story from ever channel I watch or read does not mention her. Nothing not she is safe nothing she just vanished or what? Please tell me I am wrong and she is safe and sound just trying to deal with the mess somewhere but if she is ok could some please mention it. DV should never happen. And what gives anyone the right to take another humans life. And if you are struggling with depression get help for it don’t take another person’s life because you are hurting going through some stuff or need help. I have had break downs before. But you never purposely cause harm. Harm no one.


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