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Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed; 2 suspects arrested, one identified

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A Broadwater County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday near Three Forks, on MT 287 A Broadwater County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday near Three Forks, on MT 287
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)
MISSOULA -

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

Authorities say two men were later apprehended by the Butte Silver-Bow Sheriff’s Office near Rock Creek and are now in custody in Missoula County. 

Lloyd Montier Barrus, 61 years old, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail.

The second person, who name has not yet been released, 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's deputy then responded and found the deputy dead.

The name of the deputy has not yet been released.

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 say that the passenger got out of the vehicle and began shooting at officers.

The suspect was shot and then taken to a Missoula hospital, while the driver - later identified as Barrus, was taken into custody without incident. 

Interstate 90 westbound is currently closed near Rock Creek while evidence is collected. All traffic is being detoured into the eastbound lanes. 

We have a reporter on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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