Former Midlands deputy killed in line of duty in Montana

Lena Tucker
Мая 23, 2017

The Broadwater County Sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed Tuesday morning has been identified as Deputy Mason Moore.

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

Marshall Barrus has a criminal history in the Bozeman area, including being arrested in November by police in Belgrade.

UPDATE: 5/16/17 - 9:25 a.m. - New info: 5 law enforcement vehicles damaged in the shootout by Rock Creek.

As for the Anaconda-Deer Lodge Chief of Law Enforcement Tim Barkell they received a call early Tuesday morning about Butte police pursuing the suspects.

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

61 year old Lloyd Barrus was arrested and is in the Missoula county jail. Officers deployed spike strips, but the vehicle continued another 30 miles (48 kilometers) on Interstate 90.

The Broadwater County Sheriff's Office has identified the deputy killed as Mason Moore, who had worked at the department for three years.

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Officials have also released the name of the second suspect, who was shot by officers at the end of the pursuit near Missoula. The pursuit ended east of Missoula with one of the suspects being shot and his father under arrest. The passenger was shot and transported to a Missoula hospital, while the driver was taken into custody without incident.

Officers from numerous agencies joined a procession at mid-day Tuesday to transfer Moore's body from Three Forks to Billings for an autopsy. Donnie Drose confirmed that Moore worked with the sheriff's office between 2007 and 2011.

Trooper David DeLaittre was shot near Three Forks in December 2010.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin says a Broadwater County deputy was pursuing a vehicle when dispatchers lost contact with him at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The nation marked Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday.

The 140-mile (225-kilometer) pursuit of the suspects crossed through parts of five counties and involved at least seven agencies, officials said.

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. He was taken to the hospital where his condition was not available.

The suspects came out of their vehicle and started shooting at officers.

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