Posted: Dec 2, 2010 2:45 PM by KBZK Media Center with reporting by Adam Bell
Updated: Dec 2, 2010 4:13 PM
(Photo of Errol Bouldin)
New details into the shooting death of a Montana Highway Patrol trooper were released during a press conference this afternoon.
Trooper David DeLaittre approached a stopped vehicle on Montana Highway 2 Wednesday afternoon to try to determine why the vehicle was stopped, Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell said. The last time anyone heard from DeLaittre, 23, was when he called dispatch to report the stop, Cashell said.
DeLaittre's body was found when a Three Forks law enforcement official arrived at the scene and reported that an officer, DeLaittre, was down.
Officials said Thursday that multiple rounds were fired between DeLaittre and the suspect accused of killing the trooper, adding that it appears DeLaittre may have injured the suspect during the altercation.
The search for a suspect ended when Errol Bouldin, 56, was found dead in his pickup truck late Wednesday night in Broadwater County near Townsend.
Cashell would not elaborate on the details of how they found Bouldin, but did say shots were not exchanged between the suspect and law enforcement officials when he was found.
Around 100 law enforcement units responded to the Three Forks area during the search for Bouldin, including three helicopters, two of them from the Department of Homeland Security.
Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said Thursday that it is unknown if there will be an inquest.