KELSO, Wash. — Kelso High School paid tribute to a former student and hometown hero before a home football game against cross-town rival R.A. Long.

Deputy Justin DeRosier graduated from Kelso High in 2008. He played on both the offensive and defensive line in football. 

At mid-field joined by members of the law enforcement community and his family, the school retired his jersey, number 73.

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After high school, DeRosier attended and graduated from Washington State University and would later become a member of the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Department.

On April 13th, 2019 Deputy DeRosier was shot and killed when he was responding to a call about a complaint of a motor home blocking a driveway near Kalama.

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Some 21 hours later, two police officers engaged a man believed to have shot DeRosier. The suspect showed a gun and was shot dead. 

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Brian Butts, of Kelso. 

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