Deputy Sheriff Mason Palmer Bethea Moore

Deputy Sheriff Mason Palmer Bethea Moore

Broadwater County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mason Palmer Bethea Moore

Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore was shot and killed while involved in a pursuit of a vehicle near mile marker 109 on Highway 287, south of I-90.

The vehicle he was pursuing had fled as he attempted to stop it for a traffic violation. During the pursuit the occupants opened fire, severely wounding him and causing his vehicle to go off the roadway. The subjects then made a U-turn and returned to the patrol car where they fired over two dozen rounds into it, striking Deputy Moore twice in the head.

A short time later, members of the Montana Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle in Butte-Silver Bow County and attempted to stop it. The ensuing pursuit travelled through several counties as the occupants continued firing at officers. Tire deflation devices were successfully deployed in Powell County, bringing the pursuit to an end. The passenger of the vehicle then exited the car and exchanged shots with officers before being mortally wounded. The vehicle's driver was taken into custody and subsequently charged with 16 counts of premeditated deliberate homicide.

Investigation revealed that the father and son had intended to murder locate and murder a law enforcement officer that night.

Deputy Moore had served with the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office for three years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 43-8

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, vehicle pursuit

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It’s been a year to day that we received the tragic news of Mason’s EOW. My prayers still go out to Jodi and his three children. I worked with Mason at the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and considered him a good friend. His easy going style and demeanor was a trade mark that few in law enforcement can claim. He will not be forgotten. RIP brother, we still got the line and the walls.

Associate Warden Rudy Tisdale
South Carolina Department of Corrections

May 16, 2018

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