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UPDATE: Hailey police officer involved in murder-suicide

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 10:19 AM MDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 at 3:10 PM MDT
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BELLEVUE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - (UPDATE: 10/26) Authorities have released the identities in last week’s murder-suicide involving a police officer in Blaine County.

Idaho State Police detectives, as well as the Blaine County Coroner have confirmed the deceased as Ashley Midby, 34, and Jared Murphy, 28, both of Bellevue.

Murphy was employed by the Hailey Police Department. He joined the force in March of 2018 and was off-duty at the time of the incident, according to ISP.

According to a press release issued by the City of Hailey, city employees are cooperating with the investigation.

“The communities of Bellevue and Hailey have both offered assistance to one another,” Hailey Mayor Martha Burke said. “Mayor Burns reached out to me to offer his condolence, sadness and support in the face of this tragedy, saying neighbors help neighbors in need.”

There are also resources available for those who need counseling.

“We are highly aware and deeply concerned about the mental and emotional wellbeing of our entire community at this time, including our police department staff. The community at large has been offered assistance from NAMI and members of the 5B Suicide Prevention counseling staff," according to Mayor Burke. "Local law enforcement met since this tragic incident in a critical incident counseling session with a trained professional. The Hailey City Council and I will rely on the mental health experts and the experts conducting this investigation to steer us back toward community wellbeing following this terrible and tragic news,” Mayor Burke said.

Murphy was also running for mayor of Bellevue in this year’s election.

The shooting happened last Thursday evening at a popular Bellevue coffee shop.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover expenses for Midby’s family and the business.

No other details have been released at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Idaho State Police is investigating a possible murder-suicide in Bellevue.

ISP detectives were called to a coffee shop on the 100 block of N. Main Street in Bellevue Thursday night shortly after 8:00 p.m.

When they arrived, they located the bodies of two deceased individuals, a man and woman, inside the business.

The incident is currently being investigated as a possible murder-suicide. Investigators say it appears both individuals were well known to each other.

ISP detectives are working with the Blaine County Coroner on the investigation.

Names of the deceased will be released by the Coroner’s office upon notification of next of kin.

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