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Suspect accused of killing Montana deputy ID'd

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Lloyd Montier Barrus, 61, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge. (MCSO photo) Lloyd Montier Barrus, 61, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge. (MCSO photo)
ROCK CREEK -

A Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning near Three Forks with the suspects later shooting at law enforcement east of Missoula before being taken into custody.

Authorities say two men were later apprehended at around 4:35 a.m. by the Butte Silver-Bow Sheriff’s Office near Rock Creek and are now in custody in Missoula County. Lloyd Montier Barrus, 61, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail. He's scheduled to appear in Missoula Justice Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin confirmed that the suspects are a father and son. The son is recovering from the incident in the hospital. 

According to law enforcement, the deputy had pulled a vehicle over on Montana Highway 287 near I-90 in what’s described as a “routine stop”  at approximately 3 a.m. He had called the incident into dispatchers, but then never called back. A Gallatin County Sheriff deputy then responded and found the deputy dead.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reports a statewide alert was issued for the suspect vehicle and it was spotted near Anaconda by the Montana Highway Patrol where a pursuit began.

Authorities say the vehicle headed westbound on interstate 90 where it struck spike strips in Powell County but was able to continue on I-90. The suspects began firing at law enforcement before the vehicle came to rest just east of Rock Creek.

Missoula County authorities report the passenger exited the vehicle and began shooting at multiple officers. The suspect was shot and transported to a Missoula hospital, while the driver was taken into custody without incident. 

Authorities say that five law enforcement vehicles were damaged in the shootout near Rock Creek. Those vehicles have been impounded as evidence.

Interstate 90 westbound is currently closed near Rock Creek while evidence is collected. The Montana Department of Transportation is currently using pilot vehicles to get traffic through in alternating directions in 15-minute increments between Rock Creek and Bearmouth.

There are heavy traffic delays in the area and the westbound I-90 lanes are expected to be closed for several hours.

- information from Chet Layman, Augusta McDonnell, Mark Thorsell and Ken Spencer included in this report.

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