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Montana deputy killed on the duty of honor

Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday in Three Forks Montana in honor of the life of a Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy who was shot and killed last week in the line of duty.

Broadwater County sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore was remembered as a family man, a man of faith and a concerned official.

Jodi, Moore’s wife of 18 years, told those gathered to remember that the deputy lives. She said that her husband had given her a letter written in case something like the murder has taken place.

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Broadwater County sheriff’s deputy Mason Moore

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“He said: “don’t let hate take over your life. I enjoyed every moment of life with you. Enjoy life,” Jodi repeated her husband a letter. They said that they do not want people to be sad when they see her and the three children she had with Moore.

Moore was pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 287 last week, when dispatchers lost contact with him around 3 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Moore dead in the vicinity of the side of the road.

A suspect in Moore’s death is imprisoned, while that man the son, who is believed to have fired the fatal shots — died after being shot in the head by officers at the end of a chase in the vicinity of Missoula. An investigation found that she had gone out that evening, planning to have in a gunfight with the police.

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Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan said he got the call about Moore’s car chase in the middle of the night. He said that his “heart sunk” when he heard Moore was fatally shot.

Meehan said that the best way for law enforcement officials to honor Moore: “back in our cars, our duty belts back on the stick that shiny star on our chest and continue to do what we do.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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