Sheriff Wynn Meehan of the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Department in Montana sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore.
Deputy Moore made a traffic stop in the early morning hours. During the stop he notified his dispatcher of his location. A few minutes later the dispatcher called Deputy Moore. However he did not respond.
A deputy from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department and a trooper from the Montana Highway Patrol responded to the scene. They found Deputy Moore dead as he laid along the side of the roadway.
They viewed Deputy Moore’s dash cam and identified a suspect vehicle. A statewide broadcast was disseminated. The suspect vehicle was spotted a short time later by a Montana trooper, 80 miles from the scene of the shooting.
A vehicle pursuit ensued. Spike strips were eventually used to disable the vehicle. When the vehicle finally came to a stop a shootout occurred. One suspect was shot and the other surrendered. Both were taken into custody without other officers sustaining injury. Patrol vehicles from the Butte-Silver, Bow and Missoula Counties that were involved in the pursuit sustained damage from the suspect’s gunfire and were disabled, but there were no additional officers injured.
Troopers from the Montana Highway Patrol and deputies from the Lewis and Clark, Gallatin and Park Counties are assisting the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation as well as normal patrol functions.
The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department are leading the investigation into the entire incident.
Mason Moore served the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Department for three years. His wife and three children survive him.
Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore is gone, but never will be forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
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