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Authorities: Suspect in deputy’s slaying had firearm

April 15, 2019

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — 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.