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Chief of Police Ralph Arthur Painter | Rainier Police Department, Oregon Rainier Police Department, Oregon

Chief of Police

Ralph Arthur Painter

Rainier Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 25 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/5/2011

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Charged with aggravated murder

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Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed after responding to a local car stereo shop on Rock Crest Street in which a man was attempting to take a car that did not belong to him.

When Chief Painter made contact with the man a struggle ensued. The subject was able to disarm and fatally shoot him. The man then exchanged shots with responding officers before being wounded and taken into custody. He was charged with aggravated murder.

Chief Painter had served with the agency for 25 years and is survived by his wife and seven children.

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Ralph was one of the finest people I have known. He was one of my closest friends and business partner. He was a talented carpenter and an excellent musician. He was extremely generous, kind and patient. We always laughed when we were together, either working or just goofing around. I'll see him again someday, and we will laugh again.

Tim D. Cavaness
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February 10, 2014


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