Just found this interesting.
Police continued Friday to seek answers as to why Stewart opened fire when a total of 12 officers arrived to serve a “knock-and-announce” search warrant on a red brick home at 3268 Jackson Ave. Police say no one answered, but the officers came under heavy fire when they entered the home. Police have not released details about the firearms Stewart had, but the suspect reportedly was armed with multiple guns.
According to this it was a standard warrant, not a no-knock. Also this was a bit fishy:
Stewart, 37, the oldest of five children, served as an Army multichannel transmission systems operator in North Carolina and Germany for four years. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and a National Defense Service Medal before leaving the military in 1998, an Army spokesman said. He worked as a security guard for the IRS before getting a warehouse job on the graveyard shift at Walmart in Riverdale three years ago. A check of Utah court records shows only a traffic ticket for driving without insurance.
However, his father, Michael Stewart, said his son, who has “issues,” may have been growing marijuana to “self-medicate.” The father said they are estranged, but maintained that Matthew Stewart was not a drug dealer and may have been surprised by police.
According to this he was not a combat vet, and served honerably, also had no criminal background. Also no claims he was dealing drugs, or using anything worse than Marijuana. As for “self medicating” I’ve heard of people using weed for everything from Anxiety to sleep troubles. I do know that a dozen men with automatic weapons in ninja-garb would make me a might bit anxious.
Could it have been he just didn’t want to open the door, or was taking a nap? There is nothing about this that smells right.
Also, no disrespect for the fallen officer, but this story is disgusting.
Ogden officer Jared Francom died early Thursday at a hospital, hours after he and a team of bulletproof vest-wearing officers rapped on the door of a small, red-brick Ogden house to serve a search warrant in a drug investigation.
When no one responded, the officers burst inside only to meet a hail of gunfire, authorities say.
“Jared died doing what he loved,” brother Travis Francom said. “He worried at times, for his safety. I don’t think so much for himself, but for his family, his two little girls and his wife … but I don’t think he was ever afraid.”
So you’re saying he loved kicking down the doors of stoners? This is either a sad story of the Police State, or a Newspaper trumping up a bad story to glorify a man who died doing something VERY stupid, and very bad.