Archive for June 4, 2012
On January 4, 2012, members of the Weber-Morgan [Counties, Utah] Narcotics Strike Force attempted to arrest Matthew David Stewart, 37, a former Army sergeant and Iraq war veteran. Holding a valid “knock and announce” warrant, they broke down Stewart’s door in a quiet neighborhood of Ogden, Utah and a shootout ensued. Stewart allegedly shot six police officers and killed one of them, Officer Jared Francom.
According to the warrant for Stewart’s arrest on murder and attempted murder charges that ensued, Stewart fired on Strike Force officers from a
concealed position at close range with a Beretta 9 mm semi-automatic pistol … Agent Grogan was struck in the face and went to the floor. Agent Derek Draper returned fire as he was fired upon … Agent Kasey Burrell [was hit] at least twice and [Stewart] mortally wounded Agent Jared Francom who was struck six times. … Stewart shot Sergeant Nate Hutchinson several times as he engaged the suspect and helped wounded officers evacuate … the suspect also shot Agent James Vanderwarf … Stewart advanced on officers as they were trying to evacuate … and continued firing at officers as they moved away from the home … the suspect shot Officer Rounkles twice as he entered the home … Stewart moved to the front door of the residence and continued shooting into the street and front yard at the already wounded agents and fellow agents … Police returned fire causing the suspect to retreat … and exit the northeast bedroom window into the backyard … entered a small storage shed.
The cause of all this carnage? Allegedly, home-grown marijuana.