Dispatch recording: ‘Deputy has been shot’


KALAMA, Wash. (KOIN) — The dispatch audio in the fatal shooting of Deputy Justin DeRosier were recently released — highlighting the tense moments right after the shooting.

The 29-year-old Cowlitz County deputy was shot on Saturday night as he responded to a report of a disabled motorhome on Fallert Road.

What can be heard on the dispatch recording

“Dispatcher respond, 100 Fallert — deputy has been shot. One-hundred Fallert — deputy advising he has been shot.”

“We don’t know anything. He just got on the radio and said he’s been shot. Now he’s not answering us. He was on a parking complaint.”

An officer can be heard asking, “Do we know if there is a suspect vehicle we are looking for?” 

Dispatch replied, “It was a parking complaint. I don’t have any other information. As soon as I have any other information, I will tell you.”

Suspect dead, 2 others held

On Sunday night, two Kelso police officers answering a “suspicious subject” call fatally shot a person connected to the shooting of the 29-year-old deputy.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Brian Butts, the half brother of Daniel Butts who shot and killed an Oregon police chief in 2011.

Two other men — Matthew Veatch and Michael Veatch were taken into custody, one directly related to the case and the other on unrelated charges.

According to court documents, officers found Matthew Veatch at a home on Modrow Road around 2 a.m. Sunday, during the massive manhunt in the hours after DeRosier was shot. Matthew Veatch told the officer he’d heard gunshots near his Fallert Road home and about 10 minutes later, Brian Butts arrived from the bushes. 

Matthew Veatch said Butts gave him a handgun to “get rid of” and he locked it in his own gun cabinet. Court documents say Veatch admitted to leading Butts away on foot. As they walked for hours toward Modrow Road, Butts told Veatch he had shot a cop. Butts hid in a barn in the woods and Veatch told the officer he didn’t know where Butts was. 

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