Man suspected of killing Cowlitz County deputy identified, another man arrested

Man suspected of killing Cowlitz County deputy identified, another man arrested

We’ve now learned the identity of the man investigators say shot and killed Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier Saturday night.

Thirty three-year-old Brian Butts was named by Cowlitz County Sheriff, Brad Thurman, Monday. Butts was killed in a shootout with Kelso police officers on Sunday night.

Another man who was arrested in connection with Deputy DeRosier’s death made his first appearance in court Monday. Matthew Veatch has been charged with rendering criminal assistance in the first degree for allegedly helping Butts hide a handgun and escape the scene of the shooting.

“Matthew stated Butts gave him a handgun to ‘get rid of’ and Matthew put the gun in a locked gun cabinet in his bedroom. They walked through the woods for several hours,” said Sheriff Thurman.

Court documents revealed that Veatch was one of the first to see Butts after he shot and killed Deputy DeRosier. He later told investigators that Butts confessed to him what he did.

This prompted Veatch to hide in Butt’s abandoned barn and he later told officers he did not know where he was.

Brian Butts was the half-brother of Daniel Butts, the man who killed Rainer Police Chief Ralph Painter back in 2011, and was sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to the crime just a few weeks ago.

As for Veatch, the judge set his bond at 50,000 dollars and will be back in court at the end of the month.

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