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Details released in shooting death of Broadwater Deputy Moore

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loyd Montier Barrus, 61, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail. (MCSO booking photo) loyd Montier Barrus, 61, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail. (MCSO booking photo)
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New details regarding the shooting death of Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore.

In charging documents released today, investigators recount how Deputy Moore was killed early Tuesday morning near Three Forks.

State Investigators say Moore’s dash camera showed a Chevy Suburban registered to Lloyd Barrus pass the patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed on Highway 287.

Moore activated his top lights and the Chevy refused to stop.

He informed dispatch he was in pursuit that reached speeds up to 100-miles an hour.

Six minutes later Moore was wounded by gunfire, his patrol vehicle stopping on the side of the road.

Moments after that investigators say it appears the Barrus vehicle did a u-turn, returned to the passenger side of the patrol vehicle where more shots were fired.

During the encounter, Deputy Moore’s vehicle was hit by gunfire more than two dozen times.

When backup officers arrived on the scene, they found Moore dead with multiple gunshot wounds. 

Witnesses say Lloyd Barrus and his son Marshall told them the two men were on an alleged suicide mission involving a shootout with police. 

Marshall died of gunshot wounds a day after the chase. 

Late Friday afternoon, Barrus was seen via video by Broadwater Justice of the Peace Kirk Flynn, he is charged with accountability to deliberate homicide.

He’s scheduled for arraignment next Friday in District Court.

Broadwater County Attorney Cory Swanson says since the investigation continues, he has not decided whether to seek the death penalty in this case. 


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