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Painter Honored

Posted on 29th April 2011 at 08:21

Next Thursday, the name of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter will be added to the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial in Salem. Painter’s name is one of three that will be added to the memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, in a ceremony planned for 1 pm on May fifth. Painter was shot and fatally wounded on January fifth of this year, as he responded to a possible car theft incident taking place at the Rainier Auto Sound shop at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Daniel Butts, 21, of Kalama is being held on 29 counts in connection with that shooting; it’s alleged that Butts got into a scuffle with Painter, got hold of his gun, then shot him in the head. Last month, psychologists completed mental health evaluations on Butts, to determine if he’s competent to assist in his defense. Those reports have been completed, but are currently under a judge’s seal. A meeting between the attorneys involved and the judge is pending. In addition to Painter’s name, Officer Roger Lloyd of the Independence Police Department and Chief Daniel Duncan of the Lake Oswego Police Department will also be added.