Suspect kills Montana deputy, launches 140-mile pursuit

Janie Parker
May 23, 2017

According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's office, the suspects have been identified and are in custody in Missoula County.

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

Officials have also released the name of the second suspect, who was shot by officers at the end of the pursuit near Missoula.

Following the arrest of the two suspects, law enforcement personnel began the laborious job of evidence gathering. The white SUV was the vehicle being pursued.

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

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

Gootkin said the Gallatin deputy sent to the scene reviewed the dash camera video in the slain officer's vehicle and identified the SUV, which has California license plates.

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It was spotted in Anaconda and a pursuit began westbound on I-90. 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.

Marshall Barrus 38
Marshall Barrus 38

About 35 miles east of Missoula, the suspect began firing at law enforcement. He was taken to the hospital where his condition was not available.

The father is expected to make his first court appearance Wednesday in Missoula Justice Court. Three Butte-Silver Bow sheriff's vehicles were hit by gunfire, two of them seriously enough to be disabled.

U.S. Highway 287 between Townsend and Three Forks was closed Tuesday while the shooting is investigated.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office, the deputy's family and the community", Daines said. He was married and had three children.

Gootkin said dispatchers lost contact with the Broadwater deputy.

"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.

A Clarendon County native who worked as a Montana sheriff's deputy has died after he was shot by a suspect following a traffic stop. "His actions will never be forgotten".

Moore was shot at about 3 a.m. during a traffic stop near Three Forks. "During this week of remembrance, please do me a favor and smile and wave when you see a peace officer - we could use it!"

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