Utah police officer shot, killed while responding to domestic violence call: ‘Our hearts are broken’

Fox News reported on Thursday that a police officer in Ogden, Utah had been killed while responding to a domestic violence call.

“A fine young officer with just 15 months on the job was killed,” Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt told reporters at a press conference Thursday, according to Fox.

He went on: “Our hearts are broken. We have lost one of our own… The days to come will be hectic for us.”

A fallen officer

While Watt initially declined to name either the suspect or the fallen officer, the Northern Utah Fraternal Order of Police subsequently identified the lawman as Nate Lyday.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” a Facebook post from the organization read, according to Fox. “The worst days in this profession are those where we lose our brothers and sisters in the line of duty.”

The group went on to ask supporters to “take a moment to think on and honor the fallen officer, their family, their colleagues, and their communities.”

A senseless tragedy

Ogden Police later put out a press release giving the suspect’s name as John Benedict Coleman. During his briefing, Watt said the suspect was killed in the incident.

Coleman allegedly ran into his home, where his wife and two children were located, and then began firing a weapon through the front door.

Watt said a probation and parole officer was wounded in the incident as well, although the officer’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, according to Fox.

The news provoked an outpouring of grief on the Ogden Police Facebook page, with one user writing: “I am deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy. I pray that our hero’s In blue will find peace and comfort as they morn the loss of one of their brothers.”

According to data provided by the FBI, a total of 55 police officers were killed by suspects in 2018, the last year for which complete statistics have been made available.

Those killings were spread out across 28 states and Puerto Rico. Among the officers killed, almost half were serving in southern states, while the fewest number died in northeastern ones.

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