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JBLM Soldier stabbed to death protecting woman

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For the second time, in less than a year, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier has been stabbed to death.

First reports of the 4 a.m. Sunday morning incident listed all parties involved as Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Later reports released by the Pierce County Police Department list only the deceased 34-year-old as a Soldier. The details remain sketchy.

The altercation began when 29-year-old Chase Devyver pulled a knife on a 36-year-old woman at a private party near the South Hill/Graham area. He stabbed her in the back several times before fatally stabbing the Soldier in the chest.

The unnamed Soldier bravely placed himself between the attacker and the woman. For his heroics and chivalry, he paid with his life. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Devyer is said to have stolen the injured woman's credit cards and wallet and then fled the scene leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase down Canyon Road East. The pursuit ended when Devyer’s vehicle hit a power pole.

Authorities said Devyer remained uncooperative after the wreck. A Taser was used to facilitate his apprehension.

Chase Devyer is under arrest for suspicion of murder and attempted murder in addition to other charges surrounding the theft and fleeing the scene.

The injured woman was transported to a local hospital and is expected to live.

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