Man arrested after standoff with deputies


Moffat County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 62-year-old man armed with a .22 caliber rifle after a standoff with officers two miles east of Maybell Thursday afternoon.

Terry Dean Magoon, wanted for questioning by officers in a pre-dawn fire Thursday that destroyed a mobile home he once rented, eventually surrendered without incident to deputies and remains in Moffat County Jail on charges stemming from an unrelated traffic offense, the sheriff's department reported Friday.

The mobile home fire called in at about 6 a.m. Thursday remains under investigation, according to Sgt. K.C. Hume, lead investigator with the department.

"We anticipate filing criminal charges with the District Attorney's office, possibly today," Hume said.

David O'Connor, chief of the Maybell Fire Department, said the mobile home was fully engulfed when he arrived on scene, and firefighters fought the blaze for

about an hour.

The unit a 12-by-65 foot Western Mobile Home located about one-quarter-mile south of the highway at 62802 U.S. Highway 40 was not occupied at the time, nor rented out, the sheriff's department said.

Magoon, for whom Hume said officers have not been able to confirm a residence, was spotted in the area of the fire by deputies at around 12:14 p.m. Deputies also sought to serve an arrest warrant on the

|outstanding traffic offense, Hume said.

Hume declined comment on the nature of the standoff, but he said shots were not fired, and Magoon surrendered after a brief negotiation with three deputies on scene.

Hume couldn't say whether the rifle was loaded, or if it was registered to Magoon.

"At no time was the rifle pointed at deputies and there were no threats made to deputies," Hume added.

The department's tactical unit was notified of the incident, but did not respond to the scene.

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