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Armed standoff in Livingston ends in gunfire

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Posted at 6:18 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 08:50:24-05

LIVINGSTON - An armed standoff in Livingston that began Tuesday afternoon and forced school closures came to an end Wednesday night.

Park County Sheriff Brad Bichler said 49-year-old Michael Marfuta was arrestedr after he opened fire on deputies and officers. Marfuta was injured in an exchange of gunfire but was expected to survive.

The two-day standoff began when Marfuta confronted deputies with a knife at his trailer home then shot at them twice. Law enforcement was at the home to serve Marfuta a court-ordered eviction notice.

In those earlier incidents deputies did not return fire and no one was injured.

Bichler said the standoff and gunfire posed a high risk to law enforcement and the community. Neighboring home were evacuated and nearby schools were closed.

The Red Cross and local emergency management agencies helped put residents in hotels during the standoff.

Multiple agencies from across the state assisted Park County in the effort to end the standoff.

Marfuta could face charges of attempted homicide, assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment, and obstructing a police officer. He will appear in court when his medical condition allows.

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