Idaho Falls Police Department officer identified as victim in Layton shooting

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LAYTON, Utah (ABC4 News)- A police officer with the Idaho Falls Police Department was shot and killed after investigators say he entered a man’s home to confront him about a relationship he believed the man was having with his ex-girlfriend.

Lt. James Petre with the Layton Police Department said just before 7 p.m. on Thursday Blaine Reed, the Idaho Falls Police officer, entered a home on Park Avenue uninvited to “confront the homeowner about a relationship he believed the homeowner was having with his ex-girlfriend”.

The homeowner ended up shooting Reed several times, investigators say. He then called 911 to explain what happened.

Emergency officials arrived and took Reed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Reed was 35 years old and had been with the police department since December 2015.  He was placed on administrative leave in December 2018 for an incident involving another ex-girlfriend, Reed’s attorney Joe Filicetti confirmed to ABC4’s Sarah Martin.

Jefferson County officials said Reed was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and attempted strangulation, which led to his being placed on administrative leave in Idaho Falls.

The department released the following 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. “

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available.

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