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The family of slain Ogden police Officer Jared Francom has set his funeral for Wednesday at the 14,000-seat Dee Events Center.
Services to remember Francom are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday in the arena on the campus of Weber State University, 4450 Harrison Blvd. Interment will be at the Ogden Cemetery.
Four other lawmen injured in the shootout that killed Francom Wednesday night remained hospitalized Saturday.
Ogden Officer Kasey Burrell, 33, was in a medically induced coma after surgery for gunshot wounds to his head and abdomen. He was in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit of McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, as was fellow Ogden Officer Michael Rounkles, 29, said hospital spokesman Chris Dallin.
Improving in condition were two other members of the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force who were wounded during the raid on the Ogden home of alleged drug suspect Matthew David Stewart. Ogden police Officer Shawn Grogan and Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Nate Hutchinson were listed in fair condition Saturday, Dallin said.
Both Hutchinson and Grogan were expected to be released sometime early next week. A sixth officer wounded during the raid, Roy police Officer Jason VanderWarf, 37, was released Thursday after treatment at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
Stewart, a 37-year-old Army veteran, continued to be held under guard at an unspecified medical facility. Police have declined to provide details on Stewart's injuries, other than to say they are not life-threatening.
Stewart's parents, Michael and Sonja Stewart, have expressed sympathy for the victims, even as they question the tactics employed by the strike force during its attempted service of a "knock and announce" search warrant at their son's home, and claimed he suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome associated with his military service.
However, the Pentagon on Friday confirmed that while Stewart did serve in the Army from 1994 to 1998, he had no record of having served in combat. Instead, Stewart 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.
After an honorable discharge, he returned to Ogden but began having problems with depression and anxiety, his father said. The elder Stewart said his son didn't want to use prescription drugs, choosing instead to self-medicate with home-grown marijuana.
Questions about the circumstances of the raid how many shots were fired and by whom, whether the gun battle was inside or outside the house, or both, and whether any of the injuries may have resulted from "friendly fire" involving other officers remained unanswered. Formal requests to both the Weber County Attorney's Office and Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force for police reports on the raid, details of the search warrant and associated public information also remained unanswered as of Saturday.
Late Friday, Stewart's home still was being processed by investigators. Among the items taken from the home were large PVC pipes with holes in them and fluorescent lighting systems typical components of an indoor marijuana growing operation.
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith has yet to file formal charges, but at a news conference on Thursday he said Stewart could face aggravated murder as well as multiple attempted murder charges. Aggravated murder conviction carries a potential death penalty.
Stewart allegedly opened fire when a total of 12 officers, having received no response after knocking and identifying themselves, entered Stewart's one-story, red brick home. Police, while indicating they came under a hail of bullets, have not released details on the type of firearm or firearms Stewart purportedly used though the family of one of the wounded officers claimed the suspect was armed with multiple guns.
Francom, the 30-year-old father of two young girls, died of his wounds early Thursday at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
Ogden's entire police force was taking Sunday off as a day of mourning. Neighboring police departments are contributing officers to cover the city's law enforcement needs during the day, the Ogden Mayor's Office confirmed.
Regarding services for Francom, friends may call or visit with the family at Ogden Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday at the Dee Events Center before the service from 9-10:30 a.m.
Cimaron Neugebauer contributed to this report.
McKay-Dee Hospital statement
While the police officers involved in this week's events have been protected from public visitors, several friends, colleagues, and fellow law enforcement officers have been requesting to visit their friend and loved one.
According to Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Bonnie Jacklin, "Our goal is to ensure that our patients have every chance to heal, the constant stream of visitors are not allowing our patients the needed rest that is critical in the healing process."
"Well-meaning friends and relatives only stay a few short minutes, but they may not realize that there may be five more visitors right behind them. Please allow the patients an opportunity to heal and visit them once they have been released from the hospital."
"Hospital security and local law enforcement have started to turn away visitors. In order to show your love and respect to your friend and colleague, allow them to rest at this critical time of healing."
Public Relations Director Chris Dallin