Montana deputy fatally shot during traffic stop
By Jennifer Cruz
Deputy Mason Moore had been with the department about three years. (Photo: Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office)
A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning near Three Forks, about 30 miles west of Bozeman.
The deceased officer was identified as Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Mason Moore. He was 42 years old and left behind a wife and three children.
The suspects – a father and son – were identified as 61-year-old Lloyd Montier Barrus and 38-year-old Marshall Barrus. Marshall remains in the hospital after he was shot in the head during a firefight with police. His current condition is unknown. Lloyd was booked into the Missoula County jail on suspicion of deliberate homicide.
Police say the incident unfolded around 2:30 a.m. as Moore pursued a vehicle driven by the suspects and attempted to pull them over. It’s unclear what exactly transpired at the time, as Moore lost contact with dispatchers. When a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene after the loss of communication, he found Moore lying near the road dead.
The deputy reviewed Moore’s dash cam and was able to get a description of the suspects’ vehicle, which was spotted around 3:30 a.m. two counties over in