Ogden, Utah Shooting Suspect had 16 Marijuana Plants

Ogden, Utah Shooting Suspect had 16 Marijuana Plants

OGDEN, UT — Matthew David Stewart, the Utah man who fired at a narcotics task force as they raided his home, killing one officer and wounding 5 others, had 16 marijuana plants growing in his home, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. This is the first time law enforcement has disclosed details from the investigation that led to the January shootout.

The Weber County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that they are filling paperwork seeking to permanently seize Stewart’s home, the site of the shooting, under Utah’s Controlled Substances Act because of the 16 marijuana plants Stewart was growing at the time of the raid.

Police say they discovered a marijuana grow operation in Stewart’s basement, which included artificial lighting and a water system. The statement did not specify the maturity of the plants or if they were found harvested.

Matthew David Stewart, a 37 year old US Army veteran, has been charged with aggravated murder for the death of Agent Jared Francom during a botched raid on Stewart’s home, and prosecutors will seek  the death penalty in the case. He is also charged with seven felony counts of attempted aggravated murder for shooting at seven other officers  from the the Weber-Morgan Metro Narcotics Strike Force, five of whom were injured.

Agent Jared Francom lost his life while serving a search warrant on a marijuana grow in Ogden, UT.

The Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force was serving a search warrant on Stewart’s home Jan. 4. Police say the strike force repeatedly knocked and announced their presence and when no one answered they entered the home. Prosecutors have alleged that officers were able to clear the main floor and basement of the home before Stewart emerged from a hiding spot and began shooting with a 9 mm pistol.

Stewart, who was worked the overnight shift at a local Walmart at the time of the incident, says he was asleep when the strike force entered his home shortly after 8pm on the evening of  January 4th, and didn’t hear the police knock or announce themselves. He awoke to the sound of breaking glass and intruders in his home, and that was when his army training instinctively took over.

“When you’re convinced that you are getting robbed and most likely killed by a group of armed men, your instincts kick in,” Stewart told the Salt Lake Tribune in February. “All I knew for sure is they were there to rob and kill me.”

Stewart was shot twice by police in the incident, and remains held without bail in the Weber county jail. The five wounded officers have since recovered from their wounds and have been released from the hospital.

The same Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force was caught on video fatally shooting 45 year old Todd Blair in a similar raid on his home in September 2010.  The video shows police kicking in the front door yelling “Police! Search warrant!” In the video, Blair is seen emerging from his bedroom, no doubt startled by the commotion and sudden intrusion in his home, holding a golf club above his head. He is instantly fired upon by a police officer and drops to the ground. There is no calls from the officer to drop the weapon, just three gunshots, killing Blair. A search of the home turned up a small amount of marijuana.

 

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  • Ughjbjkb

    should of took out all thoes stupid cops

  • citiesxl

    I’m glad one of them died. Too bad they weren’t all killed. Fucking scumbags.

    • Brandog1391

       are you serious somebody died a pointless death and you want all of them to die, seriously what would you do if one of your friends died and people acted the way you did just now. Most of the cops in the raid are doing their jobs, most cops actually think weed should be legal but the higher ups dont want it to be and they plan the raids so dont blame the cops in there blame the ones who actually planned the raid

      • Scampbell1955

        Maybe when they are told to raid a veteran for cannabis they will take a second thought and say FUCK THAT. If the cops want to search they can apply between business hours and then politely by letter.

  • Jebrate

    calm down

    i dont like cops either

    but dont be happy that he is dead

    he in all likelihood was given an order and he followed it

    then again Stewart shouldnt be facing the death penalty
    that is a dumb amount of over reaction

    • Chevchenko0

      “I was just following orders” is not an excuse, never was, never will be. Robots follow orders. 

      Are you saying that you would kill a stranger because your boss said he would fire you if you didn’t? 

      • Wolfboy_121

        exactly our ability to judge whats right and wrong makes us human, no killing another human being is not okay, but seriously if the had a split second of any intel they would’ve not broke into a VETERANS home at 8PM at night, thinking its going to be okay. the police are corrupt, not everyone and that man didn’t deserve to die, no one does, but the instant he took that job he should of known what he  was getting himself into he knew what he was doing and if he maybe read a little on the laws he enforces he wouldn’t of became a cop in the first place.  then again not all of our Morales are the same.

    • Chevchenko0

      “I was just following orders” is not an excuse, never was, never will be. Robots follow orders. 

      Are you saying that you would kill a stranger because your boss said he would fire you if you didn’t? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.kulow Jeremy Kulow

       The Nazi’s were just following orders too!!! Does that make it okay?

      • Mcawesome20

        Not true. Most Nazis believed in what they were doing

        • Mcawesome20

          Not saying it was right though*

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.kulow Jeremy Kulow

             I know plenty of cops that believe in what they are doing 100%. That being said I don’t deny that as every day goes by more and more are finally starting to open their eyes and see that marijuana prohibition causes far more damage than the actual plant could ever do.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.kulow Jeremy Kulow

             I know plenty of cops that believe in what they are doing 100%. That being said I don’t deny that as every day goes by more and more are finally starting to open their eyes and see that marijuana prohibition causes far more damage than the actual plant could ever do.

  • Halander2007

    I wish these sorry cops would grow a pair + stop these violent raids.  I am glad one died and hope more people will defend their homes to the best of their ability.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3K7NSLYJ4EYN5GFTVVUBSFQV6A Orion

    This is why the prohibition against Marijuana needs to end. This would never had happened, and no one had to get hurt over this. This is some bullshit.

  • Esteban1539

    Im so sick of cops doing huge raids against marijuana, its harmless, you dont hear many stories about them doing other raids on hard drugs, nope, just the harmless stuff that has proven to be one of the most useful plants of all time

  • shouldntadonethat

    Dumb fucks KNEW he was a trained vet. Even if “they were just following orders”, he was just following instincts. Maybe the cop didn’t deserve to die, but he knew what he was getting into, he knew the risks. His own fault.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IQCKEA64UVEU5A4QWUCOFZVX2Y Rod

    There’s a Medical Marijuana March planned April/20/2012 at the State Capital.  
    Spread the news to all your peps.

  • Scampbell1955

    He acted in self defence within his own home. He was not served with any warrant.Imagine if he had successfully grown those six marijuana plants and smoked them. What a danger to society. Fuck the police and all who send them to terrorise dope smokers . They smash their way into a private residence and then set about destroying that home, then they steal as much as they can carry. What , then they demand respect.  Not from me. These swat teams need to be dismembered not just disbanded.
     He should have taken better aim and got all seven with head shots. Well done that man.