Posted: Dec 7, 2010 12:33 PM by KBZK Media Center
Updated: Dec 7, 2010 4:25 PM
People are beginning to crowd into the gymnasium at Three Forks High School for the funeral of slain Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David DeLaittre.
At around 12:30 p.m. most of those arriving at the school to honor the fallen trooper include civilians.
Hundreds of law enforcement vehicles began the procession into Three Forks at about 1 p.m. Montana Highway Patrol vehicles led the procession, followed by local county sheriff's departments with fire engines bringing up the end.
The procession will pass by the spot where DeLaittre, 23, was shot and killed last week. DeLaittre's squad car will be parked at the spot and will be surrounded by seven troopers to symbolize the seven points of a state trooper's badge.
Reporters on scene say they have seen troopers from Oregon, North Dakota, Wyoming, Arizona, Idaho and Florida in attendance.
As with past funerals for troopers killed in Northwest Montana, DeLaittre's funeral will feature an honor guard and uniformed officers and emergency workers from not only the Gallatin Valley, but from across Montana.
Last Wednesday, DeLaittre was killed in the exchange of gunfire with Errol Bouldin, 56, who fled the scene. Bouldin's body was found dead in his pickup truck south of Townsend a few hours later. Autopsy results show that Bouldin died after shooting himself.