Suspect accused of killing Montana deputy identified

ROCK CREEK, Montana -- (KPAX) A Broadwater County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning near Three Forks with the suspects later shooting at law enforcement east of Missoula before being taken into custody, according to CBS affiliate KPAX. 

Authorities told KPAX 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, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail. The second person, who has not been identified, 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 deputy then responded and found the deputy dead.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reported 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 said 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 reported the passenger exited the vehicle and began shooting at multiple officers. The suspect was shot and transported to a Missoula hospital, while the driver 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.

The Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation of the deputy shooting.

NOTE: Another version of this story originally appeared on KPAX. 

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