DOJ: News Release

MHP Trooper David DeLaittre Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

HELENA – At around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Highway Patrol Trooper David J. DeLaittre, 23, was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Three Forks.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper DeLaittre’s parents, his sisters and the circle of family and friends who loved him,” Attorney General Steve Bullock said Thursday.

“Those of us who work with the Patrol know it to be a fine organization, made up of men and women who are proud to be chosen to wear a trooper’s uniform and have the opportunity to serve and protect their communities. That one of the Patrol’s young troopers — just 23 years old — should pay for his dedication to public service with his life is hard to comprehend. It is so senseless.

It is at times like this that we get a glimpse of the risks law enforcement officers take on their shoulders on behalf of all Montanans. Today, that burden is heavy.”

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation into the homicide. Agents from the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, are assisting at crime scene where the suspect, Errol Brent Bouldin, 56, was found dead in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“Trooper DeLaittre followed his father into public service. My thoughts and prayers are with a family that exemplifies what is good about Montana and the Highway Patrol,” Col. Mike Tooley said. “David will be missed.”

David DeLaittre was sworn in as a Montana Highway Patrol trooper on November 13, 2008. He was initially stationed in Chinook, and transferred to Bozeman in April this year. His father, Dennis DeLaittre, also worked for the Patrol from 1988 to 1997.

DeLaittre becomes the eighth Highway Patrol trooper to die in the line of duty in the Patrol’s 75-year history. Details of the Patrol’s fallen troopers are available online at the End of Watch web page.

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