A convicted felon driving a stolen truck shot and killed himself Sunday night as a Commerce police officer approached during a traffic stop.
Glenn Anthony Ogden, 52, of 211 Wood Street, Commerce, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the office of the Jackson County Coroner are investigating the incident, which occurred in the parking lot of the Jackson Food Mart, South Broad Street.
Police chief John Gaissert explained the reason for calling the GBI.
“It was a felony traffic stop, with officers with their weapons drawn,” he pointed out. “We wanted to insure that there were no misunderstanding, to insure that we clearly identified and concluded that the cause of death is a self-inflicted gunshot wound, to make sure there is no question as to the cause of death.”
According to Gaissert, Ogden was a convicted felon and was on the sex offender registry.
According to the incident report, an officer spotted a truck that matched the description of a vehicle stolen earlier from Peachtree Cabinets on Mount Olive Road as it turned in front of the police station.
Dispatch confirmed that the vehicle was stolen. The officer waited until backup was in place before pulling it over at Jackson Food Mart. Officers approached with drawn weapons and ordered the passenger, a black male, to exit. The man complied.
As an officer walked around the back of the vehicle, the report said, he saw Ogden hold a pistol to the side of his head, and before the officer could shout a warning, Ogden fired the gun. The officer observed that Ogden was dead.
Police checked the store and asked the clerk to lock it up. They also called for the medical unit and the coroner.
Looking on the back floorboard of the truck, one of the officers spotted a hand grenade. Police called the University of Georgia bomb squad, Gaissert said, which determined that the grenade was inert. Police also recovered the weapon, a semiautomatic pistol.
As for the passenger, Gaissert said he “was not involved in any criminal activity” and was not charged. Gaissert described him as “an independent contractor” who had done some work for Ogden.
The vehicle, a Ford F-150, had been stolen earlier in the week from Peachtree Cabinets. Officers at the time noted that the locked truck was inside the fence, that its keys were accounted for, and that whoever stole it had used it to push open the gate in the fence around the property from the inside.