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Cross state chase ends with shootout in Missoula Co

MCSO photo (ROCK CREEK)- A Broadeater County deputy was shot and killed, and a suspect is being treated after being shot and wounded after a cross state pursuit ends in gun fire east of Missoula.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office reports the chase started in Three Forks where two suspects got into a shootout with law enforcement early Tuesday resuilting in the death of the deputy. 

The pair fled west on I-90, as a BOLO alert was issued statewide for the suspects. The pursuit started when MHP troopers spotted the suspects near Anaconda. Officers used a spike strip at Mile Marker 162 in Powell County, but the pair were able to keep driving for another thirty miles, as the suspects fired at officers. 

The car eventually stopped east of Rock Creek, where the passenger jumped out of the car and shot at officers before he was struck by a bullet. He was taken to the hospital and the driver was taken into custody. 

Westbound lanes of I-90 remained closed between Beavertail and Rock Creek while the investigation is underway. 

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