Layton police say the man who was shot to death Thursday when he allegedly forced his way into a home to confront his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend was an Idaho Falls police officer.
Blaine E. Reed, 35, went to a house near 300 W. Park Avenue at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday “to confront the homeowner about a relationship he believed the homeowner was having with his ex-girlfriend," according to Layton Lt. James Petre. Reed walked in, uninvited, and got in a fight with the man, who “shot him several times,” Petre said.
Reed, who was found inside the home, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to Layton police, the homeowner, who appears to be a longtime friend of Reed’s, called 911 to report the shooting and “is cooperating with the investigation.” No arrests have been made.
The Idaho Falls Police Department released a statement that said in part, “We are saddened by the news of [Reed’s] passing and the events surrounding this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”
Reed had been placed on administrative leave with the department, the statement adds, since Nov. 20. Court records from Jefferson County show he was later charged with assault and attempted strangulation, enhanced with a deadly weapon, stemming from an October domestic violence case.
He had joined the department in 2015.
— Tribune reporter Courtney Tanner contributed to this story.