Less than one day after President Donald Trump, in Washington, honored fallen officers for National Police Week, saying,"Enough is enough", and promising to do all he could to stop violent crimes against law enforcement, a Broadwater County Sheriff's deputy was shot in killed in a routine traffic stop. He was shot in the head and taken to the hospital. Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Park County Sheriff's Office, Lewis and Clark Sheriff's Office, Broadwater County Sheriff's Office and Montana Highway Patrol all have responded to the incident.
Investigators found the deputy's vehicle in a ditch and used its dashboard camera to identify the sport utility vehicle he was pursuing, Gootkin said.
The SUV was spotted again near Anaconda.
About 35 miles east of Missoula, the suspect began firing at law enforcement.
Three Butte police officers were among others who chased the suspects, Lloyd and Marshall Barrus, in a high-speed chase on Interstate 90 between Butte and Missoula that involved the suspects allegedly shooting at pursuing officers.
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The name of the deputy killed is not being released at this time. He is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail. The chase ended before sunrise with the suspects' vehicle driving on its rims, a suspect shot and hospitalized and his father under arrest, officials said. Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester said his officers' cars were hit with gunfire during the pursuit. "During this week of remembrance, please do me a favor and smile and wave when you see a peace officer - we could use it!" "My wife Lisa and I offer our honest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Mason Moore". Moore was killed early Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in a shootout that prompted a middle-of-the-night pursuit that spanned more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) across southwestern Montana, involving several law enforcement agencies. He was taken to the hospital.
Gootkin said dispatchers lost contact with the Broadwater deputy. His condition has not been released but Missoula County officials said he is in custody. The vehicle eventually came to rest just east of rock Creek.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin says a Broadwater County sheriff's deputy was killed near Three Forks.
Moore is from Summerton, South Carolina and worked for the Clarendon County Sheriff's Department from 2007-2011.