Less than one day after President Donald Trump, in Washington, honored fallen officers for National Police Week, saying,"Enough is enough", and promising to do all he could to stop violent crimes against law enforcement, a Broadwater County Sheriff's deputy was shot in killed in a routine traffic stop.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said the incident began Tuesday morning when Moore was pursuing a white SUV near Three Forks shortly before 3 a.m.
A statewide alert was issued for the suspect vehicle and it was spotted near Anaconda, about 80 miles west of where the deputy was found dead, where a pursuit began. Officers deployed spike strips and the sport utility vehicle eventually stopped about 35 miles east of Missoula.
Gootkin says the passenger got out and shot at officers who returned fire. The suspect was shot and transported to the hospital, while the driver was taken into custody without incident.
The driver, Lloyd Barrus, 61, and the passenger are father and son, said Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Brenda Bassett.
The Broadwater County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy killed as Mason Moore, who had worked at the department 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.
They are Marshall Barrus, 38, of Gallatin County and Lloyd Barrus, 62, whose last known address was in Bakersfield California. Donnie Drose confirmed that Moore worked with the sheriff's office between 2007 and 2011. Missoula County local law enforcement officers were getting updates as the chase drew closer to Missoula County and were ready to help.
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Law enforcement agencies from across the state were involved in the chase.
Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester says the suspects fired shots at officers who pursued them for over 100 miles across parts of five counties.
Moore died less than two miles away from where a state Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed in 2010. His condition has not been released.
Gootkin said dispatchers lost contact with the Broadwater deputy.
Missoula County authorities report the passenger exited the vehicle and began shooting at multiple officers, according to KPAX.
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A sheriff's deputy was killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday, prompting a pursuit across southwestern Montana that ended with one of the suspects being shot and hospitalized and the other under arrest.