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Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputy gunned down in the line of duty

Apr 15, 2019 | ,

A Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot while responding to a report of a disabled vehicle near Kalama Saturday night, and authorities say they’ve killed the suspect.  The Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy as 29-year old Justin DeRosier. The Daily News reports Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman said that the suspect in DeRosier’s death was shot and killed by police Sunday night and two others were taken into custody in connection with the investigation.

The Sheriif’s Office says DeRosier was dispatched to a disabled vehicle blocking the roadway on Fallert Road. A short time after arriving he was shot. Life-saving efforts were made at the scene by responding officers. DeRosier was transported by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver, regrettably, the deputy succumbed to his injuries a short time after arriving.

DeRosier was a 2008 graduate of Kelso High School and he graduated from Washington State University in 2012. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2016. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.

Sheriff Thurman says 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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