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Fallen trooper remembered as friendly, "great kid"


Officer David Delaittre is shown. Police were searching Wednesday night for a man who shot and killed Delaittre hours earlier on the side of a road near the town of Three Forks. AP Photo/Montana Highway Patrol

THREE FORKS (AP) — The residents of this small Montana town said they were saddened and shocked by the shooting death of one of their own Wednesday -- a Montana Highway Patrol trooper killed in the line of duty.

People here described David James DeLaittre, 23, as easygoing, friendly, caring and hardworking. He was even voted "most friendly" by his 2005 Three Forks High School clas...

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