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Recovering Montana Trooper has Surgery After Shooting

Wade Palmer is still unable to speak, but he is making improvements in other forms of communication

MISSOULA – The wife of Montana Highway Patrol trooper who was shot three times says he successfully completed another surgery.

Lindsey Palmer said Wednesday in a statement released by the Montana Department of Justice that Wade Palmer underwent a procedure June 17 to repair his skull.

She says her husband no longer needs to wear a helmet to protect his head. Wade Palmer is still unable to speak, but he is making improvements in other forms of communication.

Palmer was shot while searching for the suspect in a March 14 shooting in Missoula that killed one person and injured two others, one of whom later died. The wife of the survivor, Casey Blanchard, says he is expected to begin physical therapy and have surgery to remove shrapnel.

Johnathan Bertsch has pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide and attempted deliberate homicide.