Montana Deputy shot, killed in shootout

Mandy Carr
May 23, 2017

Broadwater County Sheriff's Office in Montana has identified the deputy murdered Tuesday morning on Highway 287 near Three Forks. When a Gallatin deputy arrived at the scene, he found Moore lying dead near the side of the road. Officers deployed spike strips in Powell County, but the driver was able to continue west on Interstate 90 before stopping about 35 miles east of Missoula.

The driver, who is the passenger's father, was identified as 61-year-old Lloyd Montier Barrus, according to KPAX. Before sunrise, the chase had ended with the vehicle driving on its rims, a suspect shot and hospitalized and his father under arrest, officials said.

The Broadwater County sheriff's office says 38-year-old Mason Moore had been a deputy for three years.

"It's hard to adequately describe how devastating it feels to lose one of our own in the line of duty", said Broadwater Sheriff Wynn Meehan.

Marshall Barrus has a criminal history in the Bozeman area, including being arrested in November by police in Belgrade. Donnie Drose confirmed that Moore worked with the sheriff's office between 2007 and 2011. "I stand with law enforcement and I am deeply grateful for all they do to keep Montana safe".

A BOLO alert was issued for law enforcement to be on the lookout for the vehicle. His condition has not been released. The vehicle came to a rest east of Rock Creek and the passenger got out, shooting at multiple officers.

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Moore was shot and killed near Three Forks shortly before 3 a.m.

Several hours later, officers from numerous agencies joined a procession at mid-day Tuesday to transfer Moore's body from Three Forks to Billings for an autopsy. It's cruel irony that a law enforcement officer was shot and killed the day after Peace Officers Memorial Day.Tragic incidents like this should serve as a reminder to all of us to be thankful every day for those in uniform who serve and protect our communities.

His son's name and the identity of the slain deputy weren't immediately released.

Gootkin said dispatchers lost contact with the Broadwater deputy.

Lester said at least one of the suspects fired at pursuing officers with at least one semi-automatic rifle. The white SUV was the vehicle being pursued.

However, three Butte police cars were damaged by gunshots and taken to Missoula for investigation purposes.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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