Shots fired in altercation between neighbors

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Michael Joseph Libtow

At approximately 6:20 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020, deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Countryway Market in Handy Township for a report of a shots fired. The victim said he had been riding motorcycles with friends near the 8000 block of Lamoreaux Road when he got into a verbal altercation with a neighbor.

The investigation revealed that as the victim was leaving the area, the suspect attempted to block the roadway with his vehicle. According to the victim and witnesses, the suspect exited his vehicle and fired multiple rounds from a handgun at the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was damaged from the incident; however the victim fled the scene and was not injured.

The suspect was later identified through the investigation as Michael Joseph Libtow, a 31-year-old resident of Iosco Township. Libtow was taken into custody and lodged at the Livingston County Jail without further incident.

Libtow was arraigned May 18, 2020, at the 53rd District Court in Howell and was charged with one count of felonious assault. He received a $20,000 cash surety bond on the charge. This incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.

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