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Idaho officer killed in Layton shooting was on leave for ‘domestic incident’

Posted at 8:58 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 19:51:46-05

LAYTON, Utah — An officer with the Idaho Falls Police Department died Thursday night after he was shot at a home in Layton.

A spokesman for Layton Police said Blaine Reed was shot near 300 W Park St, inside the home of a 34-year-old man he knew.

"The man who was shot came to the Park Avenue residence to confront the homeowner about a relationship he believed the homeowner was having with his ex-girlfriend.  The man entered the home uninvited, a physical altercation ensued between the two men, and the homeowner shot the man several times," a news release from Layton PD said.

Reed was taken to Intermountain Hospital in Layton, where he was pronounced dead.

A spokeswoman for Idaho Falls Police said Reed was on administrative leave and had not served as a police officer since November.

Reed was placed on leave because he had been charged with crimes related to a "domestic incident" in October, the IFPD spokeswoman said.

Police said the man who shot Reed is cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made.

Reed's department issued this statement Friday:

"The Idaho Falls Police Department was notified last night of the death of Blaine Reed, who had served with the Idaho Falls Police Department. We are saddened by the news of his passing and the events surrounding this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved."

A Facebook post from the Idaho Falls Fraternal Order of Police indicates Reed was given a lifesaving award in May of 2016. East Idaho News reports Reed received the award for saving a man who had overdosed.

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