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Suspect in Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy shooting was brother of man convicted in 2011 Columbia County shooting

Updated April 17 with information about donations to the DeRosier family.

COWLITZ COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy Justin DeRosier was fatally shot while on duty April 13. The suspect in the case, fatally shot by law enforcement the next day, was related to the man convicted in a 2011 police shooting.

The suspect in the shooting death of Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy Justin DeRosier is the brother of the man convicted of the 2011 murder of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter.

Brian Butts, 33, is suspected of shooting DeRosier on Saturday night. DeRosier was responding to a report of a disabled vehicle blocking a road in Cowlitz County. DeRosier died later that night from his injuries.

Suspect Brian Butts was fatally shot Sunday night by Cowlitz County Sheriff's Sgt. Rich Fletcher and Det. Tim Gower. The two officers are now on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice in such cases.

Last month, Daniel Butts, of Kalama, Washington, pleaded guilty to aggravated homicide in the 2011 shooting of Painter.

Daniel and Brian were brothers, according to Cowlitz County Coroner Dr. Timothy Davidson.

Brian and Daniel Butts have the same mother and their fathers are siblings, reports KOIN 6 News, a news partner of the Spotlight and Pamplin Media Group.

"It's one of those names we were hoping not to hear for a while," Alan Painter, brother of Ralph Painter, said Monday. Officers from Cowlitz County and Kelso, Washington, may have been among those in law enforcement who offered support after Ralph Painter's death, which brings the case even closer to home, Alan Painter said.

Ralph Painter was shot and killed by Daniel Butts after the 55-year-old police chief responded to a report of an attempted car theft at Rainier Sound Authority. The two reportedly got into a struggle and Daniel Butts fatally shot Ralph Painter.

DeRosier, 29, left behind a wife and five-month-old daughter. Chief Ralph Painter, who died in 2011, left behind a wife, multiple children and grandchildren.

"I feel for the deputy's family and the department, knowing what we went through," Alan said.

Two brothers, Matthew Veatch and Michael Veatch, were also arrested in the case this week.

As of noon on Wednesday, one website had collected $42,695 for the DeRosier family, more than quadruple the $10,000 goal the organizers had set.

Donations can be made to the Deputy Justin DeRosier Memorial Fund online, via mail, or through U.S. Bank.

The U.S. Bank account number is 153569437830 and the routing number is 125000105, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

Checks can also be mailed to the following address:

Cowlitz County

Attn: KayLee McKay

Administrative Building

207 Fourth Avenue North, Room 308

Kelso WA 98626


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