Early in the morning of March 15, near the Evaro Bar and Casino, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer located a suspected vehicle matching the description of one involved in a Missoula shooting before midnight.

Trooper Alex Hiday was the next officer to arrive on the scene. Hiday found Palmer still seat-belted in his patrol car and that he had been shot. The suspect had fled the scene.

HELENA – Lindsey Palmer, the wife of Trooper Wade Palmer, shared the following statement on Monday, March 18th, 2019:

“I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Montana and Utah for all of their support, and to all of the caring people throughout the nation that have offered prayers and positive messages. To all of the brothers and sisters in blue, words cannot express the appreciation we have for all that you have done and for reaching out. We are holding strong and the continued aid is greatly appreciated. Knowing that our communities are coming together at our time of need is a great comfort. It gives us the ability to focus our attention on Wade and family which is the most important thing at this time. Hold the line. Stay strong.”

Trooper Wade Palmer continues to receive care in Salt Lake City. The Montana Department of Justice’s investigation into the Evaro Hill shooting is still in progress.