At least four police officers wounded in Utah shooting

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 4:03 AM
At least four police officers wounded in Utah shooting

(Reuters) - At least four police officers were shot and wounded in Utah on Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said, in what local media described as a raid by a police drug task force on a home in Ogden.

The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper, citing authorities, put the number of wounded police officers at six, saying they were hurt when a suspect fired on them as they sought to serve a search warrant.

"I can confirm there were four police officers brought to our hospital," Chris Dallin, spokesman for the McKay-Dee hospital in Ogden, north of Salt Lake City, told Reuters.

Asked if the wounded officers had suffered from gunshot wounds, he said: "That's my understanding."

Dallin could not provide any immediate word on their conditions. An Ogden Police spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters.

The Tribune newspaper, citing Ogden Police Lieutenant Tony Fox, reported that members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force were serving a search warrant when an unknown assailant opened fire. The paper said neighbors scrambled to safety when shots rang out.

"It was, like I say, the scariest thing ever," Devin Hadley, who was driving with his wife to visit his parents when the shooting started, told the paper. "I had no idea it would be something this big."

Another witness, Clayton Payne, told Utah's ABC 4 News that he had heard the shots from his home near the scene of the shooting.

"We heard three pops, and didn't know what they were at first. Two or three minutes later we heard the multiple gunshots going off," Payne said, adding that he came out of his house to see what was the commotion.

"They were yelling at the suspect to show them his arms and get down," he added.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Dan Whitcomb)