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The Latest: Police: Suspect in deputy's slaying had firearm

SEATTLE — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Washington state deputy (all times local):

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.


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.

DeRosier is survived by his wife and young daughter.

He was a 2012 graduate of Washington State University and a deputy since 2016.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

The Associated Press