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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
A24-11996 Homicide Investigation - 06/19/24



JUNE 19, 2024



On 06/19/24 at approximately 1021 hours, Cowlitz County Deputies were dispatched to the 100 Block of Lake Road, Silver Lake (Streeter’s Resort) to a report that a male subject had been shot. 


While Deputies were enroute it was reported the male subject, armed with a handgun, had entered a motor home parked nearby. 


Cowlitz County Deputies, Castle Rock Police, and Washington State Fish and Wildlife quickly arrived on scene and set up positions of containment around the suspect’s motorhome.


While this was occurring, Deputies, Castle Rock Fire, and Toutle Fire provided medical aid to the 56-year-old victim, but despite their best efforts, the victim was shortly thereafter pronounced deceased at the scene.  Chaplains responded to assist the victim’s family.


Lower Columbia SWAT was activated and responded to the scene.  A search warrant was obtained by CCSO Detectives which was served by Lower Columbia SWAT.  The suspect’s motor home was breached, and a drone was flown inside the RV.  A drone operator located the male suspect lying motionless inside the interior of the RV.  A SWAT team element subsequently entered the RV and discovered the 86-year-old male suspect deceased of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.


This is currently an active investigation, and the names of the suspect and victim are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.



Undersheriff David Handy

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office


Attached Media Files: Press Release