Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore was shot and killed while involved in a pursuit of a vehicle near mile marker 109 on Highway 287, south of I-90.
The vehicle he was pursuing had fled as he attempted to stop it for a traffic violation. During the pursuit the occupants opened fire, fatally wounding him. A Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy responding to assist him discovered Deputy Moore’s body with his patrol car.
A short time later, members of the Montana Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle in Butte-Silver Bow County and attempted to stop it. The ensuing pursuit travelled through several counties as the occupants continued firing at officers. Tire deflation devices were successfully deployed in Powell County, bringing the pursuit to an end. The passenger of the vehicle then exited the car and exchanged shots with officers before being wounded. He and the vehicle’s driver were taken into custody and face charges of deliberate homicide.
Deputy Moore had served with the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office for three years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.