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Small Montana town reacts to the death of deputy

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The small town of Townsend is coming together to support the family of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore's family and his fellow law enforcement officers.

Moore was a husband and father of three children. He was a three-year veteran of the Sheriff’s office. The family has requested privacy at this time.

The Bridge Church in Belgrade has created a GoFundMe account:

The Bridge church in Belgrade is raising funds forJodi Moore and her 3 children who have tragically lost their husband and father, Deputy Mason Moore, to Tuesday's senseless shooting. Donations will be used to defray costs of funeral and other related expenses.

Click here if you would like to donate.

Outside Mark Smith's barbershop, he has put blue and black tape to support law enforcement. The blue represents law enforcement and the black represents the fallen deputy.

"My heart just sank. I have several deputies that come in here and get their hair cut as well as the correctional officers and different members of the community. It's just terrible," Smith said.

"My ultimate goal is to make sure that the family doesn't have to worry about feeding their family, or cooking for their family for at least a month," Townsend resident Katie Grewell said.

And she will have lots of help: "My phone has been blowing up all day. It's just been text after text and phone call after phone call after Facebook message..."

"Several people have called in this morning right away and we told them we're already working on it so together we decided to do a big donation from the whole community," Lisa Higgins of Broadwater Blooms Flower Shop said.

The shop sent red, white, and blue roses to the Sheriff's Office. "We were very concerned and praying for them immediately and their families...the whole department," Higgins said.

The two suspects have been identified and are in custody in Missoula County.  They are Marshall Barrus, 38, of Gallatin County, and Lloyd Barrus, 62, whose last known address is Bakersfield, California. 

Moore was well known in town and as they learned the news of his shooting death, the reaction was swift and immediate. from utter shock and sadness to a need to make sure the deputy's family has all the support they need.

"My ultimate goal is to make sure that the family doesn't have to worry about feeding their family or you know cooking for their family for at least a month,:" Katie Grewell said.

"Several people have called in this morning right away and we told them we're already working on it so together we decided to do a big donation from the whole community," added Lisa Higgins.

"It's gonna be hard. It's gonna be hard on a lot of people because our deputies all live locally and have families and their families, their kids play with other people's kids and so on and so forth," Mark Smith told MTN News. "So, it's not just them watching out for us. It's going to effect a lot of people. It's just very tragic.

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