Former MHP Trooper now Judge Mike Swingley

HELENA – Many people continue to try to make sense of Tuesday’s fatal shooting outside of Three Forks.

Deputy Moore’s death is a chilling reminder of the dangers law officers face on a daily basis.

Lewis and Clark County Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley served 22-years with Montana Highway Patrol, in that time the MHP lost 5 troopers.

In fact, Swingley’s last MHP call was the fatal shooting of trooper David Delaitte in Three Forks seven years ago. Moore was killed less than a mile from where Delaitte was shot.

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Swingley called Tuesday’s fatal shooting a senseless tragedy.

Michael says Swingley said, “Out every day and yes they get paid, but they face things the average citizen will never know they see. They do a very tough job and they do the job that most of us don’t want to do.”