LAYTON — A search warrant recently made public gives new details regarding a February shooting in Layton that killed an off-duty Idaho police officer who was on paid administrative leave.
A warrant, made public Wednesday, indicates that Layton homeowner Jared Pemberton, 35, called 911 at 6:47 p.m. on Feb. 21, and told dispatchers he had just shot an intruder in his home. Pemberton told dispatchers that the intruder in his home was a former friend named Blaine Reed, 35.
The warrant was filed in the effort for police to search the phones of both Reed and Pemberton, which police said could “likely contain evidence, such as text messages, pictures, videos, application data or the other information that is evidence of the crimes of the shooting and homicide.”
Pemberton told dispatchers that Reed was not conscious and not responsive, and that he did not know how many times he shot Reed. Reed died at a Layton hospital at 7:25 p.m. the same day.
A woman identified in the warrant as “Witness #1” told police that she arrived at Pemberton’s home before the shooting. After she arrived, Pemberton reportedly said that she should leave because Reed “had threatened to drive to his home and shoot him in the head,” according to the warrant. The witness told police that while she was outside the home she heard gunshots but did not see who did the shooting.
Another witness told police he arrived at the home minutes before the shooting and saw Reed “walk out of the front door screaming on a cell phone.” The witness told police he saw Reed walk away from the house then back into the home, still on a cell phone yelling. Roughly 30 seconds later, both witnesses heard approximately three gunshots from inside the house, the warrant states.
Moments later, the two drove away from the house, as they did not know who was doing the shooting. They continued down the road until they saw police officers driving to the home.
The only people in the home were Pemberton and Reed. Police said in the warrant they did not know what exactly happened to cause the shooting.
Reed was an off-duty police officer for the Idaho Falls Police Department, according to a press release from the Layton Police.
In the press release, Layton Police said Reed arrived at the house to confront the homeowner about a relationship he believed the man was having with his former girlfriend.
Reed entered the home uninvited, they fought and the homeowner shot him several times, the release said.
An attorney for Reed told the Associated Press story the man was upset after finding out his longtime friend was in a relationship with the woman.
Idaho Falls Police spokeswoman Jessica Clements said in February that Reed had been a sworn officer with the department since 2015. He was placed on administrative leave in November 2018 after criminal charges were filed against him over a domestic violence incident.
As of Friday evening, no criminal charges have been filed in connection with the shooting.