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.
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.