Condition of Flathead woman shot in standoff improves


COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. - Kalispell Police detectives have taken over the investigation of a standoff Thursday that ended when a Sheriff's SWAT deputy shot a Columbia Falls woman.

Michelle Gentry is now listed in fair condition.  But Kalispell police are not talking about the shooting, or releasing the name of SWAT team member who fired.

The call originally came in Thursday afternoon reporting an armed woman who was suicidal. After refusing to come out of her home for 4 hours, 54 year old Michelle Gentry allegedly walked outside with a handgun and "advanced" on the SWAT team before she was shot twice.

Gentry was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where she is in critical, but stable condition.

Friends we spoke to say they were shocked to hear about what happened to Gentry.

"Just always very bubbly, very up. Very fun to talk to," said Melissa Beumer. "Just always seemed high on life and always up for a new adventure. Just really an outgoing gal."

KPD detectives tell NBC Montana they're currently interviewing individuals involved in the standoff. The SWAT Deputy who fired at Gentry is on paid administrative leave until authorities complete the investigation.

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