Deputy killed in Montana Tuesday identified

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Deputy Mason Moore, who worked for the Broadwater County, Montana Sheriff's Department, was killed Tuesday morning near the town of Three Forks.

According to CBS affiliate KPAX, the incident began when a Broadwater County Sheriff's deputy pulled a vehicle over near Three Forks, about 70 miles southeast of Helena, in what's described as a "routine stop" at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday. Officers put spike strips on the road that the vehicle ran over them but continued another 30 miles (48 kilometers) on Interstate 90. The passenger was shot and transported to a Missoula hospital, while the driver was taken into custody without incident. His condition was unclear.

Barrus' father, 61-year-old Lloyd Barrus, was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide.

Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester said his department's officers spotted the 1998 Chevrolet Suburban at 3:27 a.m. heading west on I-90 near the Continental Drive interchange. "It's hard to adequately describe how devastating it feels to lose one of our own in the line of duty". He is 38-year-old Marshall Barrus of Belgrade, Montana.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin says a Broadwater County deputy was pursuing a vehicle when dispatchers lost contact with him at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the state's Public Safety Officer Standards and Training office, Moore had previously worked for the Department of Transportation's Motor Carrier Services from 2012 to 2015 before joining the Broadwater sheriff's office. 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.

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Vehicles from other law enforcement agencies were also hit by gunfire, Lester said in a statement.

His son's name and the identity of the slain deputy weren't immediately released.

The exit for 287 has reopened for traffic headed north toward Helena In Broadwater County.

Moore died less than two miles away from where a state Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed in 2010.

U.S. Highway 287 between Townsend and Three Forks was closed Tuesday while the shooting is investigated. 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. The vehicle came to a rest east of Rock Creek and the passenger got out, shooting at multiple officers.

A sheriff's deputy was killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday, prompting a pursuit across southwestern Montana that ended with one of the suspects being shot and hospitalized and the other under arrest.

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