RAINIER -- Daniel Butts, 21, appeared on an aggravated murder charge in a Columbia County courtroom Friday.
Butts was booked into the Columbia County Jail on the charge following two days of hospitalization for wounds suffered in the shootout that took the life of Police Chief Ralph Painter on Wednesday. He did not enter a plea and the judge ordered him held with no bail.
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"I will not decide that now," Columbia County DA Stephen Atchison said. "Obviously it is always a possibility given the nature of the charge."
Butts, of Kalama, was released from the hospital Thursday and transported to the Columbia County Jail under heavy security. He was placed in solitary confinement where he will be watched constantly, authorities said.
The Clatskanie police chief fired at Butts during the deadly Rainier shootout, along with a Clatskanie sergeant and a Longview police officer, the sheriff said Friday.
Witnesses said Butts had just shot and killed Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter at a car audio store near a Rainier church Wednesday, and the police shootout followed when Butts refused to drop his weapon.
The names of the three officers who fired at Butts were released on Friday. Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover and Sergeant Shaun McQuiddy, also with the Clatskanie Police Department, discharged their weapons during the incident, according to Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. Longview police officer Doug Kazensky also fired shots at the suspect.
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As Butts was being booked into jail Thursday, a huge procession flowed from Oregon City to Rainier in honor of Chief Painter as his body was brought home. People lined the streets, many hugging and in tears, as his casket moved past.
"He was a great guy, he talked to everyone" one spectator told KGW. "It's just a horrible thing to happen to our community."
Painter's body will lie in rest in Rainier as his family and the community prepare for their final goodbyes at an upcoming funeral. The memorial services were scheduled for Friday or Saturday of next week.
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A witness to the deadly shooting told KGW that Butts had "the look of evil on his face and appeared to be high on meth" before he was seen attacking and fatally shooting Painter.
In the police shootout that followed, Butts was hit once by the gunfire in his lower back. He was treated at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and police said the remains in his back, even after his release from the hospital.
Chief Painter was shot about 10:50 Wednesday morning after he responded to an audio shop where a man was reportedly trying to steal a car. An autopsy showed he died from a gunshot to the head.
Like the whole community, the suspect's mother was in shock.
"I’m feeling sick for what happened to this whole town and their family, but I’m also sick for what happened to my family," Butts' mother Della Ann Bartley said. "He did lose his girlfriend, she married someone else. I saw him a couple of days before this happened and he was out of his head."
The owner of the shop said Butts had been there about a week earlier rummaging through cars and then returned.
Another witness said that the suspect brutally beat the police chief before the shooting and then Butts took the chief's gun, grabbed his collar and shot him at point-blank range.
Police responded to the shop in force. A witness said police ordered Butts multiple times to "come out - put your hands up put your weapon down."
A second witness said "I heard 'pop, pop, pop' and at that time I heard about 20 to 30 rounds in return fire from the police."
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The suspect's father, Mikel Butts, broke down during an interview with KGW.
"My condolences go out to Ralph Painter and his family. He did not deserve to die," Butts said. "My son has been paying property taxes and light and water bills . . . and a worker," he said. "I don't know where this came from, but Ralph did not deserve to die."
Those who knew Daniel Butts growing up in Kalama described him as having a "bad boy temper" and often challenging authority. He graduated from Kalama High School.
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(KGW Reporters Keeley Chalmers, Anne Yeager and Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report)