Southwestern Montana deputy killed in shootout

Mason Moore

Mason Moore Marshall and Lloyd Barrus

From Montana all the way to the east coast people are mourning the death of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore, who was killed early Tuesday morning near Three Forks. He was married and had three children.

We mourn the loss of Broadwater County (MT) Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore, former USCPD officer & LCSD deputy, killed in line of duty today.

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

The driver, the shooter's father, was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide.

The sheriff said both suspects in the SUV were firing at deputies near the end of the chase. His name has not been released.

According to law enforcement, the deputy had pulled a vehicle over in what's described as a "routine stop" at approximately 3 a.m.

Billings Yellowstone County and Highway Patrol officers salute at Second Avenue North and 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.

This undated booking photo provided by the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office shows Marshall Barrus, 38. His condition has not been released.

Missoula County has taken 61-year-old Lloyd Barrus, a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Broadwater County Deputy in Montana. When a Gallatin deputy arrived at the scene, he found Moore lying dead near the side of the road.

The suspect's vehicle was spotted about 80 miles (129 kilometers) away. He was taken to the hospital.

Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester says the suspects fired shots at officers who pursued the vehicle across parts of five counties. Officers deployed spike strips in Powell County, but the driver was able to continue west on Interstate 90 before stopping about 35 miles east of Missoula.

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

Officers from numerous jurisdictions joined a procession at mid-day Tuesday to escort Moore's body from Three Forks to Billings for an autopsy. It's cruel irony that a law enforcement officer was shot and killed the day after Peace Officers Memorial Day.Tragic incidents like this should serve as a reminder to all of us to be thankful every day for those in uniform who serve and protect our communities.

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