The first violent death of the year also occurred on the Fort Hall reservation. Heath “Petey” Dixey, 40, was fatally shot at his Cemetery Road residence on New Year's Day.
Fort Hall police said a family member shot Dixey in what might be a case of self-defense. The shooter was questioned by police and released after the incident pending the outcome of the investigation by Fort Hall police and the FBI.
The second violent death occurred Jan. 8 in Idaho Falls. Police were called to a shooting at an apartment in the 200 block of Moonlite Drive. A 34-year-old man shot and killed a 26-year-old man in what police said could be another case of self-defense.