Posted: Dec 2, 2010 12:36 PM by Donna Kelley
Updated: Dec 2, 2010 9:44 PM
The suspected gunman who shot and killed a Montana Highway Patrol trooper had a criminal a brief criminal past.
Belgrade Police Chief E.J. Clark tells us that Errol Bouldin, 56, the suspected gunman, had been arrested in 2008 for driving under the influence, and a couple of traffic tickets related to DUI.
Trooper David DeLaittre, 23, was shot and killed while on duty near Three Forks. Bouldin was found dead in his pickup truck late Wednesday night in Broadwater County near Townsend.
Clark says Bouldin was out on a $500 bond, and there was a warrant for contempt that was not served, because law enforcement didn't know where he lived.
The chief says a majority of Belgrade police officers assisted on the incident, in Three Forks and outer perimeter with fellow officers from Madison and Broadwater and Gallatin counties and MHP.
"Doesn't matter what color the suits are when something like this happens, our guys are pretty upset. They know the officer. It hurts even more when you know them. It affects everybody," Clark said.
Clark also said DeLaittre was a nice young kid, very personable guy and knew and worked with DeLaittre's dad who was a trooper in the valley and a great guy.