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News Release
Update: Criminal Investigation of the Homicide of Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier - 04/18/19

Timeline of events.

On 04/13/19 at approx. 2126 hours local resident calls in a motorhome and white pick-up blocking the 100 block of Fallert Road.

At 2129 hours, Deputy DeRosier was dispatched to the call and responds.

At 2211 hours, Deputy DeRosier arrives at the 100 block of Fallert Road.

At 2213 hours, Deputy DeRosier broadcasts shots have been fired and he is hit.

Deputy DeRosier was able to make it back to his patrol vehicle, retrieve his patrol rifle and was kneeling at the rear of the vehicle when two Kalama Police officers arrived and performed an officer rescue.  Deputy DeRosier was able to provide a description of the suspect and direction of the suspect’s escape.

The license plate was run on the motorhome and the registered owner was contacted.  The owner relayed they had given the motorhome to Brian Butts a year prior. 

On 04/14/19 at approx. 0200 hours, Matthew Veatch is located walking down the roadway on Modrow Road.  Veatch provides a statement and is subsequently arrested for Rendering Criminal Assistance 1st degree.  Probable cause is developed for his residence at 389 Fallert Road where a search warrant was served.  Matthew’s brother, Michael, was contacted along with their mother, Cheryl Veatch.  Michael was arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant.  Through subsequent interviews it was learned Brian Butts made his way to the Veatch residence immediately following the shooting.

Throughout the day officers from multiple agencies, multiple tactical teams, and searching assets continued to search the area for Brian Butts. 

On 04/14/19 at approx. 1900 hours information was received by Cowlitz County of a suspicious person at the 400 block of Spencer Creek Road.  The suspicious person was contacted by two Kelso Police officers and an armed confrontation ensued.  Brian Butts was identified as the male killed by officers during the confrontation. 

Detectives are conducting forensic analysis of evidence obtained at the homicide scene, the Veatch residence, seized vehicles, and the officer involved shooting scene.

The investigation continues.  If anyone has any information in regard to the homicide or the officer involved shooting please contact Clark County Sergeant Todd Barsness at 360-397-2020 or Vancouver Police Detective Jason Mills 360-487-7425. 

No further information at this time.  An updated press release will be issued Monday, April 22.

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