RAINIER, Ore. -- A Columbia County Grand Jury has handed a new indictment charging the suspect in the death of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter with several more serious crimes.
Daniel Butts, 21 now faces nine counts of aggravated murder, five counts of attempted aggravated murder, robbery, burglary theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and recklessly endangering another person.
Investigators think he planned to take the lives of others at the scene of the crime where the chief was shot to death at a car audio shop the morning of January 5.
Documents allege Butts went to the shop to steal a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle from Jerry Lamp.
He was also accused of trying to kill Marvin Hoover and Charles Buchanan and endangering Jeff McCracken, Shellie Jefferson and Doris Peterson.
The Grand Jury also cleared the officers from Columbia County, Rainier, Clatskanie and Longview involved in the firefight.
Butts was already being held on an aggravated murder charge in a Columbia County without bail. Butts was hospitalized for wounds suffered in the shootout.
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. Prosecutors could seek the death penalty in the case.
An arraignment on the new indictment was scheduled for Wednesday, January 26.