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Former deputy sheriff arrested in Flagstaff standoff

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Mark Anton Mark Anton

A former deputy sheriff for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office surrendered peacefully Sunday morning following a standoff in Flagstaff.

Mark Anton, 38, of Flagstaff was booked on pending charges that include threatening and intimidating.

Sheriff's deputies, with help from the Flagstaff Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, responded to Anton's home Friday evening in the Timberline Estates area.

Deputies said Anton had made death threats against family members, a former spouse, and her former boyfriend. The events continued into Saturday with death threats made against responding law enforcement officers, deputies said. Anton also indicated he wanted to die at the hands of law enforcement officers, sheriff's investigators said.

Anton was known to have significant experience with firearms and is believed to own a number of firearms himself. Law enforcement officials were negotiating throughout the day and evening hours on Saturday.

Anton finally gave up at 7 a.m. Sunday.

No one was hurt in the standoff.

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