Prayers for Montana Trooper Hurt By Fleeing Suspect
Prayers are pouring in for a Montana Highway Patrol trooper who's recovering in the hospital after being struck by a suspect's car during a high-speed chase.
And investigators are taking a detailed look at what happened, and whether it could mean additional charges.
Thursday afternoon, Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies spotted a man in the Eureka area who was wanted on several outstanding warrants. But when they tried to contact him, authorities say the man took off in his car.
The chase proceeded south of town, heading west on MT 37 southwest of Eureka. Other officers joined the pursuit, including a Border Patrol agent, a Montana FWP warden and a Montana Highway Patrol trooper, whose name wasn't immediately released. Authorities didn't provide exact details but are saying the trooper was struck by the suspect's vehicle.
The trooper was injured and airlifted to the hospital in Kalispell where he was listed in stable condition.
The Lincoln County Sheriff says the suspect, and others in the car, were arrested and booked into the county jail in Libby.
Friday morning, several leaders offered statements on the incident
“Please join me in praying for our Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was seriously injured while apprehending suspects fleeing law enforcement today. I'm thankful for our Montana law enforcement officers who put on their uniform every day not knowing what dangers they may face.” -Attorney General Austin Knudsen
“Our hearts go out to our MHP trooper and all law enforcement involved in today’s vehicle pursuit. This is a harsh reminder of the dangers we face in our jobs as law enforcement officers. I have no doubt the citizens of our great state will join with me in prayer for our trooper, the MHP family, and all law enforcement in this trying time.” - MHP Colonel Steve Lavin
"Terrible news. Praying for a speedy & full recovery for the Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was injured this afternoon while serving their community.” -Senator Steve Daines
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is also thanking their fellow officers from Flathead County for looking after the many officers who came to the hospital to check on the injured trooper and be with his family.