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Helena man involved in standoff charged with strangulation

Bruce Alan Garay appeared in Lewis & Clark Justice Court
Posted: 9:28 AM, Aug 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-29 17:01:39-04
Bruce Alan Garay

HELENA — Bruce Alan Garay of Helena, who was involved in a standoff with law enforcement officers in Clancy two days ago, appeared in court on Wednesday.

Garay, 39 years old, faces two felony counts of strangulation in Lewis & Clark County.

According to court documents Garay choked a woman in April of 2019 to the point of her blacking out.

Judge Michael Swingley set bond for Garay at $40,000.

Garay was arrested on Tuesday following a brief stand-off with law enforcement.

Authorities say Garay locked himself in the residence, but came out and surrendered after gas was deployed by the SWAT team.

We do not yet know what charges he may be facing for Tuesday's stand-off.