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Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

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

By 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.

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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