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Man arrested for attempted murder

A Scio man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to kill two people earlier this month.

Todd Michael Zurfluh, 60, was arrested Nov. 11 for an incident that day in Linn County, though few details have yet been made public.

According to records in Linn County Circuit Court, Zurfluh allegedly attempted to take the lives of a man and a woman with a firearm. His relationship to the alleged victims and potential motive for the alleged attack were not detailed.

He was charged with two counts each of attempted second-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Under state law, second-degree murder is defined as a homicide occurring as the result of a separate felony, or while under “extreme emotional disturbance.”

If convicted, Zurfluh faces at least 90 months in prison.

His prior convictions include fourth-degree domestic assault and menacing in 2015 for which he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation. This conviction also prevented him from possessing a firearm. In 2021 he was fined $200 for allegedly providing false information in an attempt to purchase a firearm.

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