COWLITZ COUNTY, WA (KPTV) - The Cowlitz County sheriff identified the suspected killer of a deputy, who was subsequently shot and killed by officers in Kalama.
Deputy Justin DeRosier, 29, was shot after responding to a call about a disabled motorhome at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Fallert Road near Kalama River Road.
DeRosier was flown to a Vancouver hospital and died during surgery. He is the first Cowlitz County deputy to be killed in the line of duty.
On Sunday night, officers shot and killed a suspect wanted in connection with the killing of DeRosier. That shooting happened near Spencer Creek Road in Kalama.
The suspect was identified Monday as 33-year-old Brian Dellaann Butts. He was last known to be living in Longview. Investigators said the motorhome was registered to his mother in Columbia County, Oregon.
Two other suspects were arrested in connection with DeRoisier’s killing. They were identified Monday as the Veatch brothers.
Matthew Veatch is facing the charge of rendering criminal assistance. Michael Veatch was arrested on a prior warrant.
A probable cause affidavit states Butts told Matthew Veatch that he needed to get rid of a gun and get out of there, and later stated that he had "shot a cop."
Matthew Veatch put the gun in a locked gun cabinet in his bedroom, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The affidavit states Matthew Veatch admitted leading Butts away from the home and into the woods, where they walked for several hours and went to an abandoned barn.
Matthew Veatch left Butts and was found by law enforcement as they conducted a manhunt for Butts. Matthew Veatch was "disheveled and muddy," according to court documents.
Court documents also state Michael Veatch arrived at his brother's home just 10 minutes before Butts and "appeared more serious than normal."
FOX 12 confirmed Butts is the half-brother of Daniel Butts, who shot and killed Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011. Daniel Butts was sentenced to life in prison last month.
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