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Standoff ends after man who shot at police and stepfather is arrested

By Sandra Yi | Posted - Nov 10th, 2013 @ 5:29pm


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OGDEN — The ordeal began late Saturday night when a man allegedly shot at his stepfather in the home they share.

Police went to the home after Kenneth Reed's mother, hiding in her closet, called 911 saying her son had fired a gun at his stepfather.

"They were in fear for their life," said John Harvey, deputy director of Administration for Ogden Police Department.

Police said officers went inside the home and tried to talk Reed out.

They said 41-year-old Reed, who was in the basement, began walking up the stairs toward officers. He was holding a rifle in one hand and a handgun in the other. Police said Reed shot at the officers, and they fired back. No one was hurt during the exchange of gunfire.

"He actually not only threatened to kill the officers and asked them if they had made peace with their family and things like that, he also threatened to blow the house up using gas lines," Harvey said.


He actually not only threatened to kill the officers and asked them if they had made peace with their family and things like that, he also threatened to blow the house up using gas lines.

–John Harvey


Reed went back into the basement where police said he fired his guns several times.

Reed holed himself up in the basement, and it took hours before a police dog got him out.

"We couldn't figure out what was going on," said neighbor Iris Kitada who was asleep when officers knocked on her door late Saturday night. "They told us 'Go into the basement and stay down there until everything is over.'"

Kitada said officers shot out the security lights in her driveway. They blew out her neighbor's lights too.

"We had thought maybe someone had broken in at a house," Kitada said. "We didn't really realize what was going on."

Neighbors said Reed has lived in this home with his mother and stepfather for the past few years with no problems.

"He likes my dog Snoopy, and we've had our trailer here, and he's talked to me about our trailer and things like that," said neighbor Barbara Fisher.

Police said they haven't been called to the home before. They don't know what started the problem last night.

Neighbors said Reed has struggled with mental health issues. He was taken into custody.

The three officers who fired their weapons are on routine paid administrative leave during the investigation.

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