Bakersfield man accused in Montana deputy's death, shot at officers and a CHP helicopter in the past

Lloyd Barrus has prior convictions involving assault on a peace officer

BAKERSFIELD, CALIF - California arrest records show this wasn't the first time the Bakersfield man and one of his sons were involved in a shootout with law enforcement. 

Authorities say Lloyd Barrus and his son, Marshall Barrus, were pulled over for speeding, Tuesday, by Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy, Mason Moore. That’s when one of the Barrus men shot and killed the 42-year-old deputy.

The incident resulted in a pursuit and shootout before the men were apprehended. 38-year-old Marshall Barrus was shot during the pursuit and later died. 61-year-old Lloyd Barrus was charged with 14 counts of attempted homicide.

California arrest records show this isn't the first time Lloyd Barrus tried to kill a cop.

On St. Patrick’s Day in 2000, Nevada highway patrol officers attempted to pull over a car with Lloyd Barrus, his then girlfriend, and his other son, Jeff Barrus inside.

According to 2000 news reports, they didn't pull over-and it resulted in an 18 hour-long pursuit that ended in Death Valley, California.

Lloyd Barrus and his son continually shot at law enforcement- and shot at a California Highway Patrol helicopter. The helicopter was struck and forced to make an emergency landing.

Inyo County District Attorney, Tom Hardy, said Lloyd Barrus was sentenced to 15 years in prison for assault on a peace officer with a firearm.

District attorney Tom Hardy called the Inyo case bizarre and unusual and said it was never clear why they didn't just pull over and take a speeding ticket. 

Lloyd Barrus's son, Jeff Barrus, is still serving a 25-year sentence for the California shootout.



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