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A24-14423 Death Investigation - Toutle, WA - 07/18/24

JULY 18, 2024

At about 0333 hours of July 17, 2024, Cowlitz 911 received a report of a fire in the 700
block of Sightly Rd in Toutle, Washington.  Firefighters with Cowlitz County Fire
District 3 responded to the scene and found multiple vehicles on fire.  After firefighters
put out the fire, they discovered a deceased subject inside one of the vehicles.  The
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office responded to conduct a death investigation with
assistance from the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office and Cowlitz County District 2 Fire

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office were able to determine that the occupied vehicle, a
truck, had been parked uphill from other vehicles.  The truck appeared to have rolled
downhill and then collided with other parked vehicles.  A fire is believed to have started
near the engine compartment, heavily damaging multiple vehicles.

Detectives have presumptively identified the deceased subject but are awaiting formal
identification protocol from the Coroner’s Office.  An autopsy has been conducted by the
Coroner’s Office.  The autopsy report and toxicology results are pending.

There are no further details available for release at this time.


Attached Media Files: Press Release
A24-11996 Homicide Investigation - Press Release 2 - 06/25/24



JUNE 25, 2024



The suspect in the June 19, 2024, homicide investigation at Streeters Resort in Silver Lake has been identified as 86-year-old Ronald Brant, who was a resident at the resort. Through witness interviews, detectives with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office learned that Brant had recently been cautioned about unwanted advances toward another female resident at the resort. During the June 19th incident, Brant approached resort owner Timothy Russell, age 56, and shot him multiple times.  Brant also shot at Russell’s wife, who was not hit.


Brant then reportedly entered a female resident’s trailer – the subject Brant had been cautioned about regarding his unwanted advances.  Brant also tried to shoot this subject, but his pistol malfunctioned.  Brant assaulted the female subject, who was able to defend herself from Brant’s attack, as he then fled to his own motorhome.


As the first deputies arrived on scene, one set containment on Brant’s motorhome while the other deputy rendered first aid to Mr. Russell.  Mr. Russell did not survive his injuries.  A deputy heard a gunshot from inside Brant’s motorhome at this time. 


Detectives obtained a search warrant for Brant’s motorhome.  Lower Columbia SWAT responded to the scene and located Brant inside his motorhome. Brant was found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 






Troy Brightbill

Chief Criminal Deputy

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office

Attached Media Files: Press Release 2