RALPH ARTHUR PAINTER
Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed after responding to
a local car stereo shop on Rock Crest Street in which a man was attempting to
take a car that did not belong to him.
When Chief Painter made contact with the man a struggle
ensued. The subject was able to disarm and fatally shoot him. The man then
exchanged shots with responding officers before being wounded and taken into
The subject pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in March
2019 and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
On April 13th, 2019, the subject's half-brother fatally shot
Deputy Sheriff Justin DeRosier with the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office near
Chief Painter had served with the Rainier Police Department
for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and seven children.