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Hero soldier stabbed to death in defense of innocent woman

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A soldier's heroic actions when he intervened during a robbery has resulted in his own death. He managed to save the women who had been stabbed in the back multiple times.

The 36-year-old woman is expected to survive after being taken to a local hospital. The murder and robbery occurred in Pierce County, Wash. The unnamed 34-year-old solider died, from a fatal chest wound, at the scene.

The soldier is from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, (JBLM), which is located southwest of Tacoma. The stabbing occurred at the woman's house when several people went there after a night on the town.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said, deputies arrived after a 4 a.m. 911 call in the 9800 block of 185th Street East, where the owner of the home at which the stabbing happened called for help, according to The News Tribune.

The suspect, 29-year-old Chase Devyver, allegedly stabbed the woman multiple times while trying to steal her credit cards. All three of the people involved in the fatal incident were in the military according to the witnesses. Troyer said:

After the stabbing, the suspect got a gun from the residence and robbed the woman he had stabbed of her bank cards, then fled.

Deputies spotted Devyver's vehicle 10 minutes after receiving the 911 call. He led them on a high speed chase heading west on 176th Street East at Canyon Road East. The deputy ended the chase with a special maneuver to stop the vehicle in the 9800 block of Canyon Road East.

The car crashed into a power pole, and when Devyer emerged from the vehicle he was uncooperative and was tased by deputies. He suffered only minor injuries from the crash.

Brigade public affairs officer Capt. Lonnie Collier said the base believed the only JBLM soldier was the man fatally stabbed. He said: “As far as we know, no other JBLM soldiers were involved,” Collier said. “Unfortunately, we did lose a soldier today.”

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