According to Montana Highway Patrol Captain Jim Kitchen, the chase to apprehend Lloyd Barrus and his son Marshall Barrus, who are accused of murdering Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore, put many officers and deputies in the line of fire.

"A bunch of them got shot at and luckily no one got hit," said Kitchin. "The vehicle's windshields were hit. These guys were going at it. They shot the radiators out and were shooting through the windshields. It was a very tense moment and tense scene. Thanks to the motoring public for understanding where we were at and what we were doing."

The pursuit began early in the morning, but the investigation that followed caused a traffic back-up on I-90 that lasted till about 1:30 P.M. Kitchen explains why it took so long.

"What people didn't realize is we had two stop stick scenes where that vehicle stop sticked and then we had two shooting scenes that we had to go out and forensics map," Kitchin said. "It took a lot of time and a lot of work. I just want to thank the people that were out there motoring through there for their patience. We did have a couple of irritated people, but that is to be expected.

Kitchin says at least five law enforcement vehicles were disabled and are currently out of commission because of Tuesday’s gunfire.

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