UPDATE 1:45 P.M.: A plane carrying Trooper Wade Palmer is set to arrive in Montana around 1:45 p.m. Palmer has been in Salt Lake City receiving treatment since he was critically injured in the line of duty in March. A motorcade will follow Trooper Palmer through Missoula and as he returns to his home town of Stevensville in the Bitterroot Valley.
UPDATE 1:00 P.M.: MISSOULA – The Montana Highway Patrol has posted the first images of Trooper Wade Palmer since he was critically injured in a shooting outside of Missoula in March, courtesy of University of Utah Health. Palmer was critically injured while investigating a separate Missoula shooting on March 15 that injured two and killed one. Palmer was shot in the neck, face and head after locating the suspect north of Missoula. He has been receiving treatment in Salt Lake City since.
The Montana Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Palmer will be discharged from University Hospital in Salt Lake City on Wednesday and will be returning home to Stevensville to continue his recovery.
Palmer is set to arrive in Missoula at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. The public is invited to view a welcome home motorcade along Broadway between Reserve Street and Saint Patrick Hospital.
SALT LAKE CITY- Trooper Palmer’s lead physician along with his wife Lindsey Palmer, Montana Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler, Attorney General Tim Fox, and others give an update on his treatment and condition.
The news conference is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.
Trooper Palmer will return to Montana on Wednesday afternoon.