SC native killed in the line of duty in Montana

The Latest: Deputy's body escorted to hospital for autopsy

A Montana Sheriff's deputy was killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, prompting a middle of the night chase across five southwestern Montana counties during which the suspects fired shots at pursuing officers. The passenger was shot and transported to a Missoula hospital, while the driver was taken into custody without incident.

"The men and women of the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department extend our sincerest condolences to Sheriff Meehan, the Broadwater County Sheriff's Department, and the family of the fallen deputy".

Gootkin told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that Gallatin County and Montana Highway Patrol officers responded and found the deputy dead by the side of the road.

The deputy's patrol auto was found in a ditch and its dashboard camera video was used to identify the vehicle being pursued.

The SUV was later spotted about 80 miles (129 kilometers) away. Authorities say the vehicle headed westbound on Interstate 90 where it struck spike strips in Powell County but was able to continue on the interstate.

Gootkin says the passenger, 39-year-old Marshall Barrus, got out and shot at officers who returned fire.

The name of the deputy killed is not being released at this time.




Barrus' father, 61-year-old Lloyd Barrus, was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide. Barrus is the father of the other suspect, Gootkin said.

In Butte-Silver Bow, the suspects allegedly sped through the area at more than 100 miles per hour and damaged police cars.

The nation marked Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday. He was a husband and father of three children. He was taken to the hospital.

Law enforcement agencies from across the state were involved in the chase.

Lester said the investigation of the slaying and chase is being conducted by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

A crowd of mainly Yellowstone County Courthouse employees lines up along North 27th Street as a motorcade passes carrying the body of Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore to the State Medical Examiner's office, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Billings, Mont. The vehicle came to a rest east of Rock Creek and the passenger got out, shooting at multiple officers.

Moore had worked in the Broadwater County Sheriff's Department for three years.

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