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Man injured in Missoula shooting returns to work

MHP Trooper Wade Palmer was shot trying to detain the suspect
Posted at 2:31 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 16:37:15-04

MISSOULA — Casey Blanchard, one of the victims in a shooting that happened in March, is back at work this week for the first time since that day.

The shooting claimed the life of Julie Blanchard, the mother of Shelley Hays and Casey Blanchard.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer was also shot trying to detain the suspect.

Blanchard was shot eight times with bullets shattering bones and ripping through internal organs -- leaving him in a wheelchair.

It's been a long road to recovery but as of Monday, Casey Blanchard is back at work for US Diesel Parts.

Julie Blanchard, her son Casey Blanchard, and Shelley Hays were shot on March 14 off Expressway Boulevard when they pulled over after noticing a vehicle behind them had flashing lights on.

That's when prosecutors say the suspect, Johnathan Bertsch, opened fire on them. Shelley Hays died on the scene. Both Casey and Julie Blanchard were transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

Bertsch was later arrested near Evaro and accused of shooting Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer.