A Sheriff’s Deputy Killed In Southwestern Montana Shootout

A sheriff’s deputy was killed in a shootout that caused a middle of the night pursuit near Three Forks, Montana.


Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said that the chain of events began when a Broadwater County deputy, who has not been identified, was pursuing a vehicle on U.S, Highway 287. Dispatchers lost contact with the deputy at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.


Officers found the deputy dead by the side of the road near Three Forks, which is about 180 miles southeast of Missoula.


The vehicle was noticed again near Anaconda. Officers used spike strips in Powell Country, but the vehicle was able to continue west on Interstate 90 before stopping about 35 miles east of Missoula.


The passenger got out of the car and begin firing at officers who returned fire. He was taken to the hospital.


The driver, 61 year old Lloyd Barrus, was arrested.


The named of the officers and the suspects have nor been released.

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