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Father, son involved in fatal deputy shooting and chase

Missoula Co booking photo(THREE FORKS)- Investigators are now saying it was a father and son that were involved in the early morning shoot out and chase resulting in the death of a sheriff's deputy. 

The cross state chase began early this morning when an attempted traffic stop turned bad in Three Forks, and a Broadwater County Sheriff's deputy was shot and killed. His identity hasn't been released. 

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle the deputy, who's name hasn't been released, was pursuing the car when dispatchers lost contact with the officer. Other units arriving on scene found the suspects gone and the deputy's body alongside the road. 

The pair were apprehended after an MHP trooper spotted the pair near Anaconda. Additional shots were fired before the SUV's tires were spiked and the chase ended near Rock Creek. Missoula County Sheriff's spokeswoman Brenda Bassett says the passenger in the truck was firing at officers as he left the vehicle and was stopped as they returned fire. KPAX TV reports he's being treated in the hospital. 61-year old Lloyd Montier Barrus was arrested and booked on homicide charges. 



Arrest made in Cabin Gulch Fire investigation 

State of MT booking photo(TOWNSEND)- Authorities say they've arrested a man they suspect of starting a Central Montana fire that's scorched more than 1,000 acres. 
Broadwater County authorities say they apprehended Robert Alexander Norman Wednesday, along with help from Park County deputies. 
KXLH TV reports Norman is believed to be one of two men seen driving away from the area where the Cabin Gulch Fire started on Tuesday. 
New maps this evening show the fire at just over 1,600-acres and is only 15% contained. The Broadwater County Sheriff lifted evacuation notices for about 40-residences Wednesday evening. Crews are hoping cloud cover and oooler weather could help their efforts Thursday. 

One dead after police standoff in Townsend

(TOWNSEND)- Details are still sketchy, but one person is dead following a police standoff in Townsend that lasted for several hours last night.

KXLH TV reports officers responded to the report of an assault at a local home early this morning, and when they arrived a shot was fired inside the house. That started a standoff that lasted for several hours. 

Within the last hour, the Broadwater County Sheriff confirmed one person was dead. He said no shots were fired by officers, so it appears the death may have been from a self-inflicted gunshot.