Bozeman, Montana (Paul Kirby) - Former Lexington County Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore was shot and killed Tuesday morning on the job as a deputy with the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office in Bozeman, Montana. He was a husband and the father of three children.
He left Lexington County several years ago when he moved with his family to Montana. He had been with the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Department for 3 years.
Moore was shot and killed near Three Forks shortly before 3 a.m. after a high-speed chase that covered over 100 miles. He had radioed in that he was stopping a vehicle that failed to pull over and instead sped away. He was eventually found dead alongside the road near Three Forks, Montana where he apparently had a shootout with two men who were armed with high powered rifles. Officers reviewed his cruiser dash-cam video to identify the suspect vehicle that he had been pursuing.
According to published reports, the SUV that was identified from that footage was later spotted about 80 miles away. Officers deployed tire deflation devices on the road, but the vehicle continued to flee, eventually driving on its rims, for another 30 miles before finally coming to a stop.
When the vehicle finally stopped, the passenger got out and began shooting at officers from another agency, who then returned fire. One suspect was injured and taken to a hospital before being placed into custody.
The driver of the vehicle, Lloyd Barrus, 61, was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Wednesday, according to the ABC news station in Bozeman.
The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the officer's shooting.