Kalispell Man Killed in Libby Shooting

Man's mother-in-law allegedly shot him after he threatened her

By Beacon Staff

A Kalispell man was killed on Dec. 26 in an alleged family dispute in Libby that ended in a shooting.

Michael Leonard Roloff, 31, died after his mother-in-law, Lois Kay Olbekson, allegedly shot him in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun. No arrest has been made and no charges have been filed.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe, Lincoln County dispatch received a call from Olbekson at about 10:17 p.m. on Dec. 26, during which she reported that Roloff had threatened her and that she shot him with the handgun.

When deputies arrived at the scene on Glendora Avenue in Libby about three minutes later, they found Roloff unresponsive and lying in the driveway of the home; the deputies then started performing CPR on him.

The Libby Volunteer Ambulance took him to Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at about 11 p.m.

Bowe, Lincoln County Attorney Bernie Cassidy, and sheriff’s investigators responded to the hospital and the incident scene. Bowe said no further information would be made available while the investigation is ongoing.

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