“He didn’t see combat,” said Michael Stewart.
Army records show Stewart served three years in Germany and one stateside.
Stewart first told ABC 4 News Thursday that he was a decorated war veteran and was suffering mentally.
He says that part is still true. In fact he claims his son is a pothead.
That’s why an undercover narcotics task force raided his home Wednesday night. Gunfire erupted. Police officer Jared Francom was killed and five others were seriously wounded.
Stewart admits his son was growing marijuana at his Jackson Avenue home.
“He would grow a few plants and he would self medicate,” Stewart told ABC 4 News. “He was breaking the law. I tried to explain that to him a year and a half ago and I lost contact with him. I was worried about him.”
Thursday police were seen carrying out materials often associated with growing marijuana in a home.
Stewart’s father says his son was suffering mentally and the marijuana helped him cope.
But he also seemed to imply that police should have taken precautions when entering a house on a search warrant.
“I served arrest warrants on minor matters but you need to be prepared and know who you're dealing with,” he says. “I think he may have been asleep prior to him getting up and going to work and he was surprised by the officers and he just reacted wrongly.
Weber County prosecutors have not filed charges and are looking at this case as aggravated murder. If convicted the death penalty could be imposed.
“I'm worried about it,” his father says. “He's an adult man he's made his decisions he needs to suffer the consequences. All I can do is pray for him. He's going to have another maker that' he's going to have to meet."