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6 officers, suspect wounded in Utah drug shooting, no report of fatalities
OGDEN, Utah (AP) ' Gunfire erupted as anti-drug police served a search warrant in an Ogden neighborhood, leaving six police officers and a suspect wounded in a shootout, authorities said.
The shots rang out before 9 p.m. Wednesday as police converged at a residence on Jackson Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Tony Fox said.
The six officers were hospitalized along with a suspect, Fox told The Associated Press.
He said he didn't have any information on their conditions, but there have been no reports of any fatalities.
Officers believe the injured suspect is also the only other person involved, said Marcy Korgenski, assistant Ogden police chief.
The shooting occurred as an anti-drug strike team was serving a warrant. The Standard-Examiner in Ogden reported that more police responded upon word of at least one officer shot.
Police blocked off the area from 34th Street and Jackson Avenue to 32nd Street and a SWAT team took positions.
Authorities have not released information on how the remaining officers and the suspect were wounded. The paper said police eventually surrounded the suspect near a backyard shed.
The residence was secured after the arrest, and at 9:45 p.m. police announced that there was no longer a threat to the community, the paper said.
The team serving the search warrant involved officers from the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force. The force's website says the unit is made up of officers from the Weber County Sheriff's Office, local police departments and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
Four of the officers were taken to nearby McKay-Dee Hospital. Several off-duty doctors and nurses were called in to help with the situation, said hospital spokesman Chris Dallin.
Dallin said he was unable to provide information on the officers' conditions. Dallin said he didn't know where the suspect was being treated.
Nearby witnesses said they heard three quick pops followed by a two to three minute pause, then lots of gunfire.
"We came running outside to see what was going on," Janessa Vanderstappen, who lives nearby, told the Deseret News. "Officers told us to go back in our house."
Vanderstappen said she went back inside, and minutes later heard yelling coming from the backyard. She said she walked onto the back porch to see officers addressing a person hiding in a nearby shed.
"There's cops telling him to 'put your hands up, put your hands up," she said.
Mat Weinberger, who lives about a half block from the scene, said he first thought the noise was fireworks.
From the porch, he told the Salt Lake Tribune that he could see several police cars parked at a nearby intersection. He also could hear a voice on the police radio shout that an officer was down.
He estimated that between 30 to 40 shots were fired during the shootout.
"Chaotic end to a quiet night," he said.