Southwestern Montana deputy killed in shootout

Southwestern Montana deputy killed in shootout

Missoula County Sheriff's Office says a Montana Deputy from Broadwater County has been killed in a shooting Tuesday morning.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said that local law enforcement and the Montana Highway patrol responded after the deputy lost contact with dispatchers and found the three-year veteran of the force dead on the side of the road.

It was spotted in Anaconda and a pursuit began westbound on I-90. Officers deployed spike strips and the sport utility vehicle eventually stopped about 35 miles east of Missoula.

The passenger got out and shot at officers who returned fire, Gootkin said. The suspect was shot and transported to the hospital, while the driver was taken into custody without incident. His condition was unclear.

The driver, 61-year-old Lloyd Barrus, was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide.

Moore is from Summerton, South Carolina and worked for the Clarendon County Sheriff's Department from 2007-2011.

"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.

"It is a Sheriff's worst nightmare to lose one of their people " Gootkin said in a statement. "We send our condolences to the Moore family and his colleagues at the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office". He is the 129th Montana law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty since 1878, just before Montana became a state. "I thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved for their efforts today, and I ask all Montanans to reach out to the law enforcement officers in their community, thank them for the work they do, and thank them for the sacrifices they make".

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

At this time, Highway 287 from I-90 to MT 2 is closed out of Three Forks as the investigation continues.

The nation marked Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday.

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

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the officer's shooting along with four other crime scenes stretching from Butte to the Rock Creek area, where the pursuit ended.

Law enforcement personnel investigate the scene of a shootout on Interstate 90 east of Missoula following a high-speed chase Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The passenger, who was identified as Marshall Barrus, 38, was shot in the head and taken to the hospital.

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