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Story by Larry Fitzpatrick - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday January 5, 2011 - 2:23 PM
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RAINIER, OREGON - Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed with his own police weapon after he responded to a burglary in progress call at a car stereo store in Rainier. After arriving on the scene at approximately 10:45 a.m., a struggle ensued between the chief and the suspect.

The shootout occurred at a shopping complex in Rainier where a report of a disturbance occurred at a car audio shop.

Two dozen police officers responded from Ranier and Longview where they were not sure at first how many suspects were involved.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, also shot at other officers before being wounded and taken into custody.

Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said he knew the victim.

"Our departments do a lot of things together," he said. "We have a lot of interaction with each other and look out for each other."

Rainier is a town of about 1,800 people that sits on the banks of the Columbia River just south of Longview, Washington, near highway 5, about one hour northwest of Portland.