BOISE -- The family of a Utah man shot and killed Friday in Twin Falls said their loved one was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
They say Tracy Ivie was an innocent bystander in a police standoff that ended at the hotel where he was staying.
Tracy Ivie, 43, from Lindon, Utah was in Twin Falls for temporary construction work.
He was at the Hampton Inn, getting ready for the day's work when he was killed - just hours before he was supposed to come back home.
I text him every morning, he texts me back every morning to say 'Good morning, I love you. Have a good day,' said Teri Ivie, Tracy's wife. I hadn't received a text that day. I knew something was wrong.
Tracy Ivie was in Twin Falls last week working on cranes for a construction project. He was supposed to be back in Utah with his family that night, but he would never make it.
Police say Clark Cleveland of Nevada led them on a high speed chase, crashed, then fled inside the Hampton Inn where Ivie was getting ready for work.
As SWAT officers surrounded the hotel, they say Cleveland fired a gun, struck a state trooper in the leg and took a woman hostage.
Ivie was also shot and killed.
From Utah Sunday, his wife and kids remembered him.
Tracy was an amazing father, Teri Ivie said. He worked long hard hours, many of those hours away from the home so that he could provide a good life for me and his seven children. He called our family every night to make sure the doors were locked, the boys were home where they were supposed to be, that we were safe.
It's not clear where Ivie was in the chaos of Friday morning, or what led to his fatal injury.
Ivie's brother-in-law Kris Kristensen said details are still coming in, but he wanted others to know that Tracy Ivie was a loving husband, father and friend.
He will be remembered by those who knew him as a man whose integrity, honesty, generosity and hard work were only exceeded by his profound love for his family, Kristensen said. He will be deeply missed.
Tracy Ivie's funeral is expected to be later this week.
He leaves behind his wife and seven children, whose ages range from teens to the mid 20s.
Cleveland is facing aggravated battery and felony eluding police. He has not been charged with murder. He sits in jail on a $2 million bond.