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Shelley Hayes

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.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Courtesy Montana DOJ

The man killed this week in a fiery, wrong-way crash on Interstate-90 near Missoula was a friend and law school classmate of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.

Fox describes Martin Elison as, "A wonderful individual. An incredible guy."

The suspect accused of killing one man and wounding three others, including a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court Monday.

Bond for 28-year-old Johnathan Bertsch was set at $2 million.