Slain Broadwater Co. sheriff's deputy identified; 2 arrested near Missoula

Alan Olson
May 23, 2017

A Broadwater County Sheriff's deputy with only three years on the job and a wife and three children at home was shot and killed early Tuesday while trying to make a traffic stop.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin says Moore was pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 287 when dispatchers lost contact with him at about 3 a.m. Mountain Time Tuesday.

Gootkin said the Gallatin deputy sent to the scene reviewed the dash camera video in the slain officer's auto and identified the SUV, which has California license plates. Officers deployed spike strips, but the vehicle continued another 30 miles (48 kilometers) on Interstate 90.

About 35 miles east of Missoula, the suspect began firing at law enforcement.

The passenger in the SUV, identified as 39-year-old Marshall Barrus, got out and began shooting at officers and was shot by officers before being taken to a hospital.

However, three Butte police cars were damaged by gunshots and taken to Missoula for investigation purposes.

The driver, Lloyd Barrus, 61, and the passenger are father and son, said Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Brenda Bassett. 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.

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

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Three Butte-Silver Bow sheriff's vehicles were hit by gunfire, two of them seriously enough to be disabled.

The nation marked Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday. His condition has not been released.

Lester said the investigation of the slaying and chase is being conducted by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office.

A BOLO alert was issued statewide and eventually, MHP spotted the vehicle near Anaconda.

The names of the officer and the suspects have not been released.

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.

Missoula County authorities report the passenger exited the vehicle and began shooting at multiple officers, according to KPAX.

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