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Montana deputy shot, second suspect identified

17 May 2017
Montana deputy shot, second suspect identified

Firefighters raised a large American flag from a ladder truck as the procession moved up North 27th Street.

According to the state's Public Safety Officer Standards and Training office, Moore had previously worked for the Department of Transportation's Motor Carrier Services from 2012 to 2015 before joining the Broadwater sheriff's office. A total of five law enforcement vehicles have been impounded to be processed for evidence. The suspect was shot and taken to the hospital, while the driver, the shooter's father, was taken into custody.

Moore was shot at about 3 a.m. during a traffic stop near Three Forks.

A sheriff's deputy was killed early Tuesday in a shootout that prompted a pre-dawn pursuit that lasted 140 miles (225 kilometers) across southwestern Montana.

Moore, 38, had been with the Broadwater County sheriff's office for three years.

Moore was a husband and father of three children.

Stevens has been in law enforcement for almost 20 years.

Moore was shot less than 2 miles from where Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David DeLaittre was killed near Three Forks in December 2010.

The name of the Broadwater County deputy has not been released.

Moore is the 129th Montana law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty since 1878, just before Montana became a state.

Investigators found the deputy's vehicle in a ditch and used its dashboard camera to identify the sport utility vehicle he was pursuing, Gootkin said.

The U.S. marked Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday.

"It is a Sheriff's worst nightmare to lose one of their people " Gootkin said in a statement.

The driver, Lloyd Barrus, 61, and the passenger are father and son, said Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Brenda Bassett. His condition has not been released.

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.

Gootkin said dispatchers lost contact with Moore. Officers found the deputy dead by the side of the road.

Eventually, the suspect vehicle's tires were deflated by a spike strip deployed by the Montana Highway Patrol.

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

The second suspect has been identified as Marshall Barrus, 38. The passenger has not be identified.

However, with the flow of traffic and two eighteen wheelers were in front of the suspect's vehicle, the stop sticks did not work.

The suspect vehicle was spotted near Anaconda.

Gootkin says the passenger got out and shot at officers who returned fire. The suspects in the Suburban then began firing at the pursuing officers with at least one semi-automatic rifle.