Posted: Dec 1, 2010 6:03 PM by Montana's News Station
Updated: Dec 2, 2010 7:59 AM
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David J. Delaittre, 23, was shot and killed near Three Forks today, authorities said at a press conference this evening.
Initial reports from officials indicate that Delaittre was conducting a routine traffic stop and was allegedly shot by Errol Bouldin, 56, at around 4:30 p.m Wednesday. According to the Belgrade Police Department website, a warrant is out for Bouldin's arrest.
The suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous and on the loose. About 100 law enforcement units, including a helicopter, were in Three Forks Wednesday night. Roads were closed off while officials scoured the area for the suspect. Montana 2 was still closed at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the junction with US-287 to I-90 at Three Forks.
Bouldin is believed to be driving a 1999 Ford F-250 with plates 6C72082, and a dog kennel in the back. He was described by dispatch officials as wearing blue jeans, a baseball cap and a tan Carhartt jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
According to www.montanatrooper.com, Delaittre was part of the Montana Highway Patrol 48th Recruit Academy graduating class on Nov. 13, 2008.
Here's what was written about him on the website:
David's dad, Dennis DeLaittre, pinned on his son's badge. David wanted him to have the honor because he looks up to his Dad. Three Forks is David's hometown. Prior to joining the Patrol, he was a mechanic at Tour American RV. He chose the Patrol because he wanted to work for the most respect- ed law enforcement agency in Montana.
David would like to successfully complete FTO and probation and get a good feel for the job's responsibilities.
His most memorable academy event is Cadet Shad Andersen and his comedy. David would like to thank his parents, Dennis and Nancy, for raising him right and always being there for advice and support; his two little sisters, Rebecca and Hannah, for their support; all of the administration and training officers for the time and efforts in making this possible. David is the new MHP 269, and he will be stationed in Chinook.
The Associated Press is reporting that State Justice Department spokeswoman says an officer has been fatally shot near Three Forks.
Montana Department of Justice spokeswoman Judy Beck confirmed the killing on Wednesday evening, but could not provide additional details, according to the AP.
Bozeman authorities have confirmed in a press release that there has been a shooting involving an officer near the town of Three Forks. More information is expected from authorities at the Three Forks City Hall at 6:45 p.m. where the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is expected to issue a media release.
Scanner traffic indicates that authorities are looking for a blue or green F250 Ford pickup truck with a dog kennel in the back and a man wearing blue jeans, a baseball cap and a tan jacket with shoulder-length blondish hair.
Roads in the area are closed off. According to scanner traffic, officers are being told to use caution.
Photographer Brian King called us from the scene and told us he was stopped by officers in the area and told to get out of his car. Officers had guns drawn, he said, adding that he also saw the incident command truck coming into Three Forks.
We'll bring you more information as we receive it.
The Bozeman Police Department issued this release:
At 1845 hours the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office will have a media release at the Three Forks City Hall in regards to an officer-involved shooting that occurred near Three Forks within the past three hours.
Delaittre is the eighth MHP trooper to die in the line of duty; the MHP website features an "End Of Watch" tribute page to the fallen troopers.