Posted: Dec 7, 2010 11:15 AM by KBZK Media Center
Updated: Dec 7, 2010 4:27 PM
Members of the law enforcement community and others are gathering in Three Forks today for the funeral of slain Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David DeLaittre.
Funeral services for DeLaittre, 23, who was killed in a shootout with a motorist last week, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Three Forks High School.
While the funeral doesn't start until this afternoon, signs of support for the DeLaittre family and those affected by the death have been appearing throughout the area all day. Earlier this morning, troopers hung a flag in honor of DeLaittre. A tree at the scene of the fatal shooting has been being decorated in DeLaittre's memory.
A chopper will hover over the hearse as it takes DeLaittre's body from the airport to the high school for the service, according KBZK reporter Adam Bell who is at the scene.
The procession will pass by the place where DeLaittre was shot. 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.
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.
Gov.Brian Schweitzer has ordered flags to fly at half staff on Tuesday.