'It's a very peaceful place': Residents shocked deputy was killed in their neighborhood

Deputy Justin DeRosier what shot and killed while responding to a parking complaint on Fallert Road in Cowlitz County on April 13, 2019. - KATU scene photo and deputy photo courtesy Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

KALAMA, Wash. – Neighbors on Fallert Road and Kalama River Road in Kalama say gunshots are common to hear. People are often hunting or shooting for target practice. Residents in the area were shocked to hear that the gunfire they heard Saturday night resulted in a Cowlitz County deputy’s death.

Deputy Justin De Rosier, 29, died in the hospital late Saturday night after he was shot while responding to a parking complaint at 100 Fallert Road, about three miles east of Interstate 5. The shooting occurred just before 9:30 p.m.

Mark MacKinnon lives just across the river from where the shooting happened. He was standing outside Saturday night.

“I heard six successive gunshots. It was kind of loud, wasn’t a real high-caliber gun, I don’t think,” he described.

MacKinnon said he called police and learned a deputy had been shot.

“I stood guard for a little bit to make sure he didn’t come around,” he said.

Deputies say DeRosier was responding to a report of a motorhome blocking a roadway.

Wyatt James lives up the road from where the shooting happened. He said the motorhome is not normally there. He said it showed up at around 6 p.m. Saturday night and he doesn’t know who it belongs to.

James said he often hears gunshots from people hunting or target practice, but he never thought it would result in a death.

“You never hear that stuff up here. It’s unheard of,” he said. “It’s a very peaceful place.”

Neighbors say they hope their area will be quiet once again.

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