Man jailed in slaying of 
kin in Rifle

Michael Montgomery

A man suspected in the murder of his son-in-law in Rifle in March has been arrested in Oregon after eluding authorities for six months.

Rifle police said Tuesday that Michael Montgomery was arrested Monday in Ontario, Oregon, near the Idaho border, in connection with the murder of Christopher Gallegos.

“Montgomery was arrested after leaving a church that provides meals to the needy. He apparently established a campsite near the Snake River and visited town on occasion,” police said in their release.

The Ontario Police Department and the High Desert Drug Task Force made the arrest, and Montgomery is being held in the Malheur County Jail.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Montgomery, 45, shot and killed Gallegos, 28, on March 29 after Gallegos intervened on behalf of a friend during an altercation.

Gallegos was found dead an apartment building at 2673 Acacia Ave. The affidavit said he had been shot in the head.

Rifle police chief Tommy Klein said he wasn’t yet able to provide details about the circumstances leading to Montgomery’s arrest, but he said in a follow-up news release that the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Glenwood Springs office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation played a significant role in the investigation and in locating Montgomery.

Montgomery will have a hearing in Oregon about whether he’ll waive his right to challenge his extradition to Colorado, Klein said. He voiced optimism that Montgomery will be brought back to Colorado to be prosecuted.


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