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Oregon chief killed with own weapon

Chief Ralph Painter is survived by his wife and seven children

Duty Death: Chief of Police Ralph Painter - [Rainier, Oregon]


RAINIER, Ore. — The police chief of Rainier, Oregon, struggled with a theft suspect at a car audio shop and was killed by a gunshot Wednesday, officials said.

Chief Ralph Painter responded Wednesday morning to a disturbance at Rainier Sound Authority, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

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