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Man wanted in West Valley killing extradited from Texas

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Ian Reddick, 18, was returned to Utah to face a charge of murder after police say he fled to Texas following a fatal shooting in West Valley City on Feb. 5.

Salt Lake County Jail

SALT LAKE CITY — An 18-year-old man accused of fleeing to Texas after killing a man during a drug deal has been extradited back to Utah.

Ian Cameron Reddick, of West Valley City, was being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $1 million bail.

Reddick faces charges in 3rd District Court of murder and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

On Feb. 5, West Valley police were called to the 6400 block of Wakefield Way on a report of a man lying in the street. Officers arrived to find Manuel Andres Martinez, 20, dead of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Investigators believe the victim and a friend met with Reddick and one of his friends to buy drugs, according to court documents. The deal was to take place inside a car.

But after all four people were in the vehicle to make the deal, Reddick claims Martinez grabbed a gun that was in car, charging documents state. Reddick said that he and Martinez became involved in a struggle over the gun.

“Reddick was able to wrestle the pistol away from Manuel and that’s when Reddick just started shooting. (Reddick’s friend) stopped the vehicle and Reddick got out of the car and pulled Manuel out of the car and he and his (friend) drove away,” Reddick told authorities, according to the charges.

U.S. marshals tracked Reddick to a motel in Harris County, Texas, and arrested him.