Ex-chief surprised by 'remote' incident of 6 officers shot, but doubts police will change methods

Published: Thursday, Jan. 19 2012 7:38 p.m. MST

Being assaulted by a person determined to be "mentally deranged" or a suspect committing a robbery or burglary are also incidents that are few and far between, according to the BCI statistics.

By far the most common type of call officers were responding to when they were assaulted were not during SWAT standoffs or drug busts or during the execution of search warrants. Rather, such assaults on officers occurred during disturbance calls such as family fights or loud parties, according to the 2010 report.

Since the shootout on Jan. 4, Greiner said the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force has been back on the street doing its work, including recently serving another knock-and-announce search warrant.

If members of the community are worried about a possible drug house on their street, Greiner said they need to report it to police.

"We cannot help you help yourself unless you help us do the job," he said. "We need community support."

Ogden police officer Kasey Burrell remained hospitalized Thursday in fair condition. The other injured officers have since been released. Stewart also remained hospitalized, although his condition was not disclosed.

A woman reported to police on Sept. 15 that she had "personally seen a hydroponics grow" in the basement of Stewart's home at 3268 Jackson Ave., according to an Ogden police report. The names on the report were redacted. Stewart has lived at that address for several years.

"She stated that it produces approximately 12-15 marijuana plants," the report states. And some pot was kept in a freezer.

Stewart, who is charged with capital murder and faces a possible death sentence if convicted, told a friend that if police officers ever tried to stop his marijuana cultivation, he'd "go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill," according to charges filed against him.

Even though he is no longer chief, Greiner said he felt a special bond with the injured Ogden officers.

"I hired them. I was responsible for their training," he said.

His relationship with Francom was especially close, describing it as a kind of father-son bond. Greiner said he had "grown very attached" to Francom over the years.

When Greiner started with the Ogden Police Department in 1973, he said there were 25,000 calls for service and 125 officers. Last year, there were 19 more officers on the force than in 1973, and 108,000 calls for service.

Ogden officials reluctantly fired Greiner in December after a federal panel determined he was in violation of the Hatch Act when he launched a candidacy for the state Senate in 2006. The termination was necessary, city leaders said, in order for Ogden to continue receiving certain federal grants and loans.

The Hatch Act prohibits the involvement of certain government employees in a partisan, political race if the entity they work for receives federal funding.

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