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Suspect in Montana deputy's killing charged with 16 felony counts

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Barrus (left), Moore (right) Barrus (left), Moore (right)

A Bakersfield, California man accused of shooting and killing a Broadwater County sheriff's deputy was charged with 16 felony counts of attempted murder following the shootout with law enforcement Tuesday morning near Rock Creek.

The Missoula County Attorney's Office has charged 61-year-old Lloyd Montier Barrus with two counts of accountability for attempted deliberate homicide and 14 counts of attempted deliberate homicide. 

Barrus' bail was set at $2 million Wednesday. He is due back in court on Wednesday, May 31.

In charging documents, authorities state that Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore was killed early Tuesday while attempting to stop an SUV driven by the Barrus and occupied by his son, Marshall Barrus. A shot was fired from the SUV at Moore, which led to his death.

Another deputy located Moore’s body and other law enforcement agencies were notified.

Butte-Silver Bow officers located Barrus driving the SUV westbound on Interstate 90 near Butte, at which time they began to pursue the SUV. 

Barrus continued at speeds of up to 100 mph. At mile marker 135 in Granite County, law enforcement observed Marshall Barrus move to the back of the SUV and began firing rounds with a rifle at pursuing officers through the rear window. 

Two pursuing vehicles were hit by the gunfire, which disabled their vehicles.

The pursuit continued to mile marker 128 in Missoula County where the SUV became disabled.

Barrus exited the driver’s side of the vehicle while Marshall Barrus exited the passenger side.

Barrus and his son allegedly began firing at the officers, striking an additional four law enforcement vehicles.

Court documents state Barrus was firing a Glock 9mm handgun while Marshall Barrus was firing a rifle or a shotgun.

Law enforcement returned fire, striking Marshall Barrus in the head. The handgun was shot from Barrus' hand and he was arrested.

Fourteen officers were under fire from the two men.

In court documents, Barrus reportedly told law enforcement after his arrest that he engaged officers in the shooting hoping to force a “suicide by cop,” and that he hoped he would go out “at the end of a gun.” 

A total of four Division of Criminal Investigation agents remained on scene in Missoula and Broadwater counties conducting interviews, searching vehicles and processing evidence on Wednesday. They were assisted by law enforcement personnel from Broadwater, Gallatin and Missoula counties. 

Homicide charges have not yet been filed. According to Montana law, crimes are typically prosecuted in the county in which the crime occurred. 

Later Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Tim Fox was scheduled to visit Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan and his staff, followed by a visit with Moore’s family.


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