Ogden officials ID teen suspect shot, killed after pointing ‘realistic’ BB gun rifle at officer

Anthony Ray Borden-Cortez (inset). Photos: Ogden Police Department; Gephardt Daily/Laura Withers

OGDEN, Utah, Dec. 5, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Ogden Police officials have identified the robbery suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday afternoon.

The deceased is Anthony Ray Borden-Cortez, 18, of Ogden, officials said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Borden-Cortez was wanted for questioning for possible involvements in several recent armed robberies in Weber and Davis counties, Eric Young, Ogden Police Department Deputy Chief, said Wednesday.

Young also revealed that Borden-Cortez was shot after pointing a rifle-style BB gun at an officer. The gun was designed to look just like a real rifle, Young said.

The deadly incident took place Tuesday afternoon near 12th Street and Depot Drive at about 3:11 p.m.

Young said Ogden officers were assisting the Woods Cross Police Department in the robbery investigations when they tracked at least one of the suspects to a residence on 7th Street.

Ogden officers laid spikes in front of the suspect’s vehicle. As the suspect drove off,  one of the front tires was blown out.

Borden-Cortez led police on a three-mile chase before coming to a stop at 12th Street and Depot Drive. Young said when an officer ordered the young man to surrender, he jumped from the vehicle and pointed the “gun” at police.

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The Ogden officer opened fire, fatally wounding the suspect, who died a short while later at McKay-Dee Hospital.

Two different witnesses told Gephardt Daily that seven shots were fired.

Young said there is no camera recording of the shooting because the officer had changed out of his tactical vest into a heavier steel-plated vest for safety, leaving the camera on his previous vest. Other officers who arrived after the shooting were wearing body cameras, and footage will be reviewed, Young said.

Young said Borden-Cortez had no record of criminal activity as an adult, but that he had only recently turned 18. Police are looking for at least one more suspect in the string of robberies for which they were investigating Borden-Cortez.

Officers from another jurisdiction will be taking over the Ogden investigation in accordance with police shooting protocols.

Tuesday’s incident was Ogden’s third fatal officer-involved shooting in the last 25 days.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.

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