Bail set at $20K for Florence shooting suspect

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Grant M. Deakin, 59. 

Zoe Buchli

Bail was set at $20,000 for a Florence man arrested on suspicion of firing shots and attempting to kill an acquaintance in an altercation over alleged stolen bear skins.

Grant M. Deakin, 59, made his initial appearance on Tuesday in Missoula County Justice Court. He is charged with one count of attempted deliberate homicide and one count of criminal mischief, both felonies.

Missoula County Justice Court Judge Landee Holloway presided.

Ravalli County dispatch received a report Friday evening that two neighbors had an altercation on the Upper Woodchuck area in Florence, between Redrock and Buckboard roads, according to charging documents. Both parties had left the scene, the caller said.

The victim in the incident had asked the caller to contact law enforcement. The suspect, identified as Deakin, allegedly “shot up” the victim’s truck while he was driving and also attempted to shoot at his head.

When talking with officials, the victim reported he was near the intersection of Upper Woodchuck and Buckboard Road when he noticed Deakin traveling down Upper

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