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RAINIER, Ore. A bill that would honor Rainier s fallen police chief is making its way through the Oregon Legislature.

The bill calls for re-naming part of Highway 30 after Ralph Painter. Painter was shot and killed while responding to a 9-1-1 call about a possible car theft in progress last January.

The mayor of Rainier said the only obstacle would be coming up with the money to pay for the new signs.

Background: Daniel Butts accused of killing Chief Ralph Painter

Suspect Daniel Butts faces aggravated murder charges in the deadly shooting. Butts will soon be transferred to the Oregon State Hospital for a mental evaluation. The judge ordered the exam to determine if Butts is able to aid and assist his lawyers.

In the meantime, his criminal case was put on hold.

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