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OGDEN, Utah — The man accused of killing an Ogden police officer and wounding five others in a shootout was found hanging in his jail cell.
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said at a news conference Friday that Matthew David Stewart was found at 12:50 a.m., when a corrections officer was making her hourly rounds. He was hanging by a bed sheet, Smith said, and his death appears to be a suicide.
The Utah Department of Public Safety will investigate the death, and another county attorney will review that investigation at its conclusion, he said.
Weber County Sheriff Terry Thompson defended his jail, saying that Stewart was “treated in a humane and professional way” while incarcerated. He said Stewart had been offered mental health treatment on numerous occasions, but refused it every time.