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Source: Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office

Jim Ryan
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

A man suspected in the killing of a southwest Washington sheriff’s deputy is dead after an encounter with law enforcement officers Sunday evening.

The Cowlitz County sheriff told KGW (8) that police fatally shot the man thought to have killed Deputy Justin DeRosier the night before. Two other men are in custody, according to the news station.

None of the men have been publicly identified.

Manhunt underway for suspects in SW Washington deputy killing

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin DeRosier and his wife had their first child in October.

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said the Sunday evening shooting happened in the area of Spencer Creek Road in Kalama. No officers were hurt.

The shooting came amid a manhunt for the suspect or suspects responsible for the death of DeRosier, who was shot after being sent to check on a disabled vehicle that was blocking a road about three miles east of Interstate 5 late Saturday, authorities said.

DeRosier, a 29-year-old father and husband, died during surgery at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

He graduated from Kelso High School and Washington State University and signed on with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.

Darren Ullmann, Cowlitz County undersheriff, said few law enforcement officers want to serve more than DeRosier did. The deputy loved his job, Ullmann said, and “was incredibly good at it.”

“He will be with us forever, and he’ll be truly missed,” Ullmann said.

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