Montana shootings leave 1 dead, trooper and 2 others wounded

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was investigating a shooting that killed one person and injured two others was himself shot and critically injured Friday after finding the suspect’s vehicle, officials said. Authorities later arrested a 29-year-old suspect.

Trooper Wade Palmer, 35, was among the officers searching for the driver of a Cadillac Escalade who flashed his lights at a pickup truck ahead of him and then opened fire on the truck’s occupants when it stopped Thursday night in Missoula, according to charging documents.

The bullets struck Casey Blanchard and Shelley Hayes, along with Blanchard’s mother, Julie, who had driven to a Missoula bar to pick the friends up, Julie Blanchard told investigators. Authorities found Hayes dead in the truck’s backseat. Casey Blanchard had been shot multiple times but was conscious and Julie Blanchard also had been shot and was conscious, according to the court documents.

Julie Blanchard said

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