Bill introduced to name stretch of interstate for former fallen Clarendon deputy

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 1/25/19

SUMMERTON - A member of the Montana House of Representatives introduced a bill on Monday that would name a stretch of interstate in Montana in honor of a former Clarendon County deputy who was killed in the line of duty in Montana in May 2017.

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Bill introduced to name stretch of interstate for former fallen Clarendon deputy

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SUMMERTON - A member of the Montana House of Representatives introduced a bill on Monday that would name a stretch of interstate in Montana in honor of a former Clarendon County deputy who was killed in the line of duty in Montana in May 2017.

If the bill passes, a portion of Montana's U.S. 287 at mile marker 107 will be named in honor of Deputy Mason Moore. A sign bearing Moore's name, title, date of passing and badge number will be placed at the spot where Moore was killed.

Moore, 42, was a native of Manning. He worked for the University of South Carolina Police Department, Lexington County Sheriff's Office and Clarendon County Sheriff's Office for nine years before moving with his family to Montana where he joined the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office, where he served for three years before his death. Moore was also a volunteer firefighter in Belgrade, and Three Forks, Montana.

Moore was gunned down after attempting to make a traffic stop about 3 a.m. on May 16, 2017, in Gallatin County, Montana. Officers responding to the scene found Moore dead from gunshot wounds.

Authorities determined that Moore was making a traffic stop along Montana's U.S. 287 at mile marker 109 when he stopped communicating with dispatch. Audio from Moore's dashboard camera revealed a period of silence, then moaning and the sound of a door opening followed by more gunshots. According to law enforcement at the scene of the shooting, 20 rifle casings were found near Moore's body while an additional 10 casings were found on the highway.

Officers were able to identify the vehicle that the shooting suspects were traveling in from footage on Moore's dashboard camera. Officials spotted the suspect's vehicle about 80 miles away. Officers gave pursuit before stopping the vehicle about 30 miles away from the first sighting.

Lloyd Burrus, 61, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested at the scene. The vehicle's passenger, Burrus' 38-year-old son, Marshall, exited the vehicle while shooting at law enforcement officers. Marshall Burrus was shot in the head and died one day later.

Lloyd Burrus was charged with two counts of accountability for attempted deliberate homicide and 14 counts of attempted deliberate homicide. His bond was set at $2 million.

Moore made the 2,300-mile trip to Clarendon County on May 27. Moore's body, members of his immediate family and several members of the Broadwater Sheriff's Office were escorted from Charleston International Airport to Manning by a motorcade that included more than 100 law enforcement officers from various agencies across the state and members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Inc. and Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club Inc.

Hundreds of individuals lined the motorcade's route along Interstates 26 and 95 to Manning. Many of them were waving American flags with their hands placed over their hearts. Once in Clarendon County, dozens of local firefighters, local law enforcement officers and residents of the county stood at attention on I-95's overpasses and along the motorcade's route showing their respect for the fallen officer and his family and comrades.

Once in Manning, the Sumter Police Department Honor Guard transported Moore's body into the chapel at Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory where law enforcement personnel and members of the community were able to visit with Moore's family and close friends. Moore's funeral was held at the Summerton Baptist Church on May 28, 2017, followed by burial in the church's cemetery.