- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is denying allegations that a deputy used excessive force when he shot a woman during a 2013 standoff near Columbia Falls.

According to the Daily Inter Lake (https://tinyurl.com/newey2b), the sheriff’s office filed court documents saying Michelle Gentry threatened nobody’s life but her own.

The 56-year-old Columbia Falls woman sued the agency, arguing a SWAT team member used excessive force in shooting her. The lawsuit says officers responded to Gentry’s home after she locked herself inside and threatened suicide. Gentry says she came out of her house holding a gun and a deputy fired 15 shots without warning, hitting her in the shoulder and back.

The deputy has said Gentry made eye contact with him, pointed her handgun at him and said “do it.”

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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