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The Latest: Coroner IDs slain suspect in deputy killing

Authorities have identified a man believed to have shot and killed a Washington state sheriff’s deputy over the weekend.

The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the man as 33-year-old Brian Dellaann Butts, of Longview, in southwestern Washington. Butts was killed in an officer-involved shooting on Sunday, a day after investigators say he shot and killed 29-year-old Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier.

DeRoisier was killed while examining a motorhome that was blocking a road in the southwest Washington town of Kalama. He had reported over police radio that someone was shooting at him.

In a news release, the coroner’s office said an autopsy would be performed on Butts on Tuesday night.

The sheriff’s office says two police officers opened fire on Butts after he ran out of the woods with a gun.

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7:57 a.m.

Authorities say two police officers fatally shot the suspect in the killing of a Washington state sheriff’s deputy after the man was seen running out of the woods with a firearm, ending a nearly day-long search.

Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman said late Sunday that it wasn’t immediately known whether the suspect, who hasn’t been identified, fired at the officers.

The man is suspected of shooting and killing 29-year-old Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier Saturday night. DeRoisier was killed while examining a motorhome that was blocking a road in the southwest Washington town of Kalama. He had reported over police radio that someone was shooting at him.

The Daily News reports the shooting is the first in-line-of-duty death in the agency’s history, which stretches back to the middle of the 19th century.

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10:54 p.m.

A Washington state sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot while responding to a report of a disabled vehicle, and authorities say they’ve killed the suspect.

The Seattle Times reports 29-year-old Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier died at a Vancouver, Washington, hospital Saturday night. Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman told KGW-TV that the suspect in DeRosier’s death was shot and killed by police and two others were taken into custody in connection with the investigation.

Sheriff Brad Thurman told the Longview Daily News the death is believed to be the first for an officer in the line of duty in the history of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.
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