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January 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Suspect charged in JBLM soldier’s stabbing death

The Associated Press

TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor charged a Puyallup man with second-degree murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who intervened in a domestic-violence assault.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist also charged 29-year-old Chase Devyver with attempted murder and robbery in the assault Sunday on his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Devyver stabbed her outside their house and her screams awakened Army Sgt 1st class Shawn A. Woods, 38, of Cedar Hill, Tenn. He was fatally stabbed when he went to her aid.

Woods was a member of Troop A, 8th Squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His deployment experience include tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was slated to retire later this year after 20 years on active duty.

Devyver also is accused of stealing his girlfriend’s car. He was arrested after a chase and crash.

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