Justin DeRosier

SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while responding to a report of a disabled vehicle, and authorities say they've killed the suspect.

The Seattle Times reports 29-year-old Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier died at a Vancouver, Washington, hospital Saturday night. Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman told KGW-TV that the suspect in DeRosier's death was shot and killed by police and two others were taken into custody in connection with the investigation.

Sheriff Brad Thurman told the Longview Daily News the death is believed to be the first for an officer in the line of duty in the history of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

DeRosier is survived by his wife and young daughter.

He was a 2012 graduate of Washington State University and a deputy since 2016.

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COWLITZ COUNTY - The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the deputy shot and killed as 29-year-old WSU graduate Justin DeRosier.

In a press conference Sunday, Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman confirmed that the it was the first time in the 165-year history of the department that a deputy had been lost in the line of duty.

Deputy Justin DeRosier

Courtesy of the Whitman County Sheriff's Office

Deputy DeRosier leaves behind a wife and five-month old daughter. 

The sheriff's office said Deputy DeRosier was in rural Cowlitz County contacting a person related to a parking complaint when he was shot then lifeflighted for medical treatment. He succumbed to his injuries early Sunday morning. 

A search warrant was served at home close to where the shooting took place. However, the investigation remains active.

Deputy Justin DeRosier

Courtesy of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office shared the following message on its Facebook page Sunday:

"It is with great sorrow and sadness we announce that the Deputy killed in the line of duty in Cowlitz County last night was Deputy Justin DeRosier.

Deputy DeRosier was a Reserve Deputy and Deputy Sheriff for the Whitman County Sheriffs Office when he first started his career and later lateraled to the Cowlitz County Sheriffs Office.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, daughter, family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.

We have included a picture of Deputy Justin DeRosier along with Sheriff Brett Myers."

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COWLITZ COUNTY - Cowlitz County Sheriff Brad Thurman says the Saturday shooting death of a deputy is believed to be a first for the county.

AP News reports Sheriff Thurman told the Longview Daily News that the fatal shooting is believed to be the first death for an officer in the line of duty in the history of Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says the deputy was in rural Cowlitz County. They were contacting a person related to a parking complaint when the deputy was shot then lifeflighted for medical treatment.

Previous Coverage:

COWLITZ COUNTY - A Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy was killed in the line of duty Saturday night. 

The sheriff's office says the deputy was in rural Cowlitz County. They were contacting a person related to a parking complaint when the deputy was shot then lifeflighted for medical treatment.

The sheriff's office Facebook says the search for the suspected shooter is still active. 

Residents in the area have been contacted through reverse 911 notification. 

More information about the deputy and the incident will be released later and this story will be updated.

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