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Broadwater County deputy shot and killed near Three Forks Tuesday morning

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Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore
Lloyd Barrus Lloyd Barrus

UPDATE: Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore has been identified as the deputy shot and killed. According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Mason Moore was a  3-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He was a husband and father of 3 children.

The second suspect has been identified as Marshall Barrus, 38.


Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin confirms a Broadwater County deputy was killed following a shooting Tuesday morning.

Multiple agencies are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Three Forks. 

Missoula County Sheriff's Office says the incident started in Three Forks after a sheriff's deputy was killed during a traffic stop, prompting a middle-of-the-night chase across southwestern Montana. A BOLO was issued and the vehicle was spotted in Anaconda. Missoula County Sheriff's say a chase began and the vehicle went over a spike strip in Powell County, but kept driving. 

Missoula County became involved as the chase reached closer to Missoula. Sheriff's deputies say the suspect began firing at law enforcement about 35 miles east of Missoula, The vehicle stopped just east of Rock Creek and sheriff's deputies say the suspect began shooting at officers again. The suspect was shot and transported to the hospital, the driver was taken into custody. 

According to Missoula County Sheriff's Investigators, a suspect, 62-year-old Lloyd Barrus, was booked Wednesday morning into Missoula County jail. According to Missoula County jail records, he is facing charges of deliberate homicide and will appear in justice court Wednesday morning.

Westbound I-90 is closed near Rock Creek while officers investigate. Highway 287 from I-90 south to US-2 is closed as well according to Gallatin County officials. Investigators anticipate the scene will remain closed for several hours, so please use alternate routes.

Montana Department of Transportation says westbound vehicles will be piloted through eastbound lanes. They say to expect delays. 

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