KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities on Monday identified the man they say killed a Washington state sheriff’s deputy before being fatally shot by officers following a day-long manhunt.
The Cowlitz County coroner’s office on Monday identified the suspect as Brian Dellaann Butts, 33, of Longview, in southwestern Washington.
The investigation into the killing continued Monday and Sheriff Brad Thurman said he could not provide details about a motive.
Butts was suspected of killing Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier on Saturday night as the officer examined a motorhome that was blocking a road in the small southwestern Washington city of Kalama. DeRosier, 29, had reported over police radio that someone was shooting at him.
Investigators searched a residence near the crime scene after the shooting. Nearly 24 hours after the deputy was shot two police officers responded to a “suspicious suspect” call. Authorities say Butts was running out of the woods with a firearm when the officers shot and killed him.