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Utah law enforcement showing support for wounded MHP trooper

Posted at 11:07 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 13:11:03-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer continues to recover in a Utah hospital after being shot and critically wounded in Evaro on Friday morning.

Trooper Palmer was originally taken to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula for treatment before being flown to Salt Lake City.

When the Utah Highway Patrol heard that Trooper Palmer was on his way they didn’t hesitate before stepping in to help his family.

The University of Utah Police were quick to come and show support while West Valley Police guarded the operating room.

Meanwhile, the South Salt Lake Police Department — which had just lost one of their own — also rushed to stand watch outside the hospital.

“We’re here to help that. You know we’ve reached out to make sure that they have rooms and places to stay,” said Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Nick Street.

Any time they are hungry, you know, we can run off and get food. And just make sure we can make this as — you know, so they can focus on the one thing they want to focus on,” Sgt. Street added.

Trooper Palmer was still being treated on Monday morning as the investigation into his shooting — as well as the related shootings in Missoula — continue.