BOZEMAN (AP) — Authorities say moments before he was gunned down, a Montana Highway Patrol officer approached a truck that was parked in the middle of a road in southwestern Montana.
Gallatin County Sheriff James Cashell said in a news conference Thursday that Trooper David DeLaittre (duh-LATE') called in the stop on Wednesday afternoon. That was the last anybody heard from the 23-year-old officer.
Cashell says a shootout ensued between DeLaittre and 56-year-old Errol Brent Bouldin in the roadway outside the town of Three Forks.
A local police officer arrived a short time later, found DeLaittre shot and put out an alert. Bouldin was found dead in his truck about 35 miles north. Cashell says a motive for the shooting may never be known.