Jonathan Bertsch

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A woman who was shot along with her son and his friend after stopping to help an apparently stranded motorist in Missoula has died in Washington state where she was undergoing rehabilitation.

Chelan County officials say Julie Blanchard of Missoula died Monday, two days after her son Casey Blanchard returned home to Stevensville from a Utah hospital in a wheelchair.

Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer and his wife Lindsey at the University of Utah hospital.
Courtesy University of Utah Health

Missoula paused Wednesday afternoon to welcome home a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper critically wounded this spring in the line of duty.

Wade and Lindsey Palmer’s flight from the University of Utah hospital landed in Missoula midday Wednesday. Roughly 100 people lined West Broadway Street in front of Saint Patrick Hospital to honor the Palmer's return to western Montana and cheer on his motorcade escort.

Some of the hundreds attending the fundraiser at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Stevensville Saturday
Edward O'Brien

Jamie Calhoon is taking it one day at a time. Ask her how she’s doing and she’ll give you a straight answer:

“If you would have asked me two and a half weeks ago, I would have said, ‘not very good.' she said Saturday. "It was an eye-opener to sit and listen to Casey. It hit me in the face that, ‘Oh my God, we could have lost him’, and it scared the crap out of me.”

Calhoon is talking about her son-in-law, Casey Blanchard.

Blanchard, his mom, Julie, and best friend Shelley Hayes were shot last month in Missoula at point-blank range with an AR-15.

Hundreds of people came to the fundraiser at this supermarket in Stevensville Saturday, which raised more than $36,000 for Trooper Wade Palmer's family
Edward O'Brien

Last month’s shooting of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer shocked the state and drew national headlines. But for one small Bitterroot Valley town, it’s personal.

Palmer and his family live in Stevensville where residents turned out by the hundreds Saturday to support the Palmer family.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer
Montana Department of Justice

The Montana Highway Patrol Trooper who was shot and critically wounded over two weeks ago has regained consciousness.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says Trooper Wade Palmer emerged from his medically-induced coma on Tuesday.