Mont. trooper in critical condition after shooting, suspect in custody

The trooper and three other people were shot in two separate, but related shootings


By PoliceOne StaffThe Department of Justice and Missoula Sheriff’s Office are investigatingBy PoliceOne Staff

MISSOULA, Mont.  — A Montana Highway Patrol trooper and three other people were shot and wounded in two separate, but related shootings.

According to local news station KTVH, Trooper Wade Palmer was shot at a bar and casino after locating the vehicle of suspect Johnathan Bertsch, 29, who was wanted for a shooting earlier Thursday evening, where he wounded three people.

Trooper Wade Palmer (Photo/ Montana Highway Patrol)
Trooper Wade Palmer (Photo/ Montana Highway Patrol)

A second responding trooper found Palmer in his patrol car with his seatbelt still fastened.

Palmer, who has been with the Highway Patrol since 2012, is in critical condition.

The Department of Justice and Missoula Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

    

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