Injured Montana Highway Patrol trooper returns home

Injured Montana Highway Patrol trooper returns home
Montana Highway Patrol
Montana trooper Wade Palmer returns home Wednesday to continue his recovery after being shot in the face, neck and head. 

The Montana Highway Patrol trooper severely injured in a March shooting will finally return home on Wednesday.

Trooper Wade Palmer was shot in the face, head and neck on March 15 while investigating a shooting near Evaro, Montana. Another trooper found Palmer wounded and still buckled into his patrol car near a bar in the small town.

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Palmer was taken to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City to recover. He gained consciousness a few days after and has stayed at the hospital to continue his recovery journey.

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According to a post from MHP, Palmer will return home on Wednesday now that his doctors have determined he is ready to transition to the next phase of care.

Palmer will be flown to Missoula and is anticipated to arrive at Northstar Jet around 1:30 p.m. Once he lands, a motorcade will escorde him home.

The suspect in the shooting, Johnathan Bertsch, was arrested shortly after the shooting.

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