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Montana shootings leave 1 dead, trooper and 2 others wounded
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Mar 15, 2019 8:35 PM 1+ week ago

MISSOULA, Mont. - A man has been arrested after opening fire on a pickup truck in a self-described "road rage incident" in Montana, killing one of the passengers inside and injuring two more people, including a state trooper.

Police apprehended 29-year-old Johnathan Bertsch after he allegedly flashed the lights of his Cadillac Escalade at the truck in front of him, then began shooting when the car stopped. The bullets struck Casey Blanchard and Shelley Hayes, along with Blanchard's mother, Julie, who had driven to a Missoula bar to pick the two friends up.

Hayes died on the scene. Casey and Julie Blanchard had been shot multiple times but were still conscious. Investigators said it appeared two handguns and "an AR-15 style rifle" had been used in the shooting.

Montana Highway Patrol trooper Wade Palmer, 35, was among those searching for the suspect on Friday. He came upon the Escalade at a bar about 10 miles away from the scene of the shooting, ...

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