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'The situation was a tragedy': Ogden police chief speaks about deadly shooting

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Ogden's police chief delivered strong comments at a city council meeting Tuesday night about a deadly officer-involved shooting. (Photo: KUTV)

Ogden's police chief delivered strong comments at a city council meeting Tuesday night about a deadly officer-involved shooting.

Four officers were placed on administrative leave after they shot and killed a man who was approaching them with a knife on Aug. 16.

During the city council meeting Tuesday, Chief Randy Watt talked about the department's policies, training, his expectations and the shooting.

"It is unfortunate that the family's emotions have been harnessed by a few with a pre-existing, anti-police agenda... I'd like to set the record straight."

Watt continued saying, "No officer of mine need wait to be bashed with a rock, cut or stabbed with a knife, shot at or shot in order to determine whether they should take action, and I will support them to my grave."

Watt said an internal investigation found the officers' actions were justified. But, the Weber County investigation is still ongoing. They have yet to receive toxicology reports.

Watt reported that Ogden police officers are among the most effect de-escaltaors in the state.

From January 2018 to August 2019, the chief says the department handled approximately 165,000 calls. More than 24,000 of those calls were considered high risk. Deadly force was only used six times.

"The situation was a tragedy for the family... No one should have to go through this... nor the officers involved and their families," Watt said.