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CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Illinois Valley Fire District is mourning the loss of Devin Tandy, a volunteer firefighter killed in a shooting at his home on Thursday morning.
IVFD chief John Holmes posted to Facebook on Friday with his thoughts on Tandy's passing and the community response.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Devin Tandy. Devin passed away on May 21, 2020. He had been a valued member of our team since January 2020 and will be missed.
Please keep Devin‘s family in your thoughts and prayers, as they navigate through this difficult time.
I know a great deal of you are seeking answers to this terrible tragedy. I am asking the public to please not jump to conclusions and speculations. Allow the OSP and Sheriff's Office to conduct their investigation.
With Devin's passing, some of you lost a friend, a neighbor; or maybe you lost the man that helped save your house from the fire that came too close. Whoever Devin was to you, please respect that memory. Honor it. Those of us in the Fire Service, lost a Brother.
Devin will be missed, but not forgotten.
Our department would like to extend our gratitude to Rural Metro Fire, AMR, Grants Pass Fire, Josephine and Jackson County Dispatch Centers, Rogue Valley Fire Association, Sheriffs office, OSP, The Chaplains group and all remaining Fire and Law Enforcement agencies, for their support.
To the PUBLIC: Your show of support for Devin, was heartfelt and overwhelming. Seeing the community coming together to honor him during the procession was uplifting.
The Del Norte County Sheriff's Office said that it learned about Tandy's murder from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office on Thursday morning when they put out a "be on the lookout" (BOLO) for Tandy's vehicle, which was believed to have been stolen by the suspect. The suspect was also thought to have been armed with an assault rifle.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, an officer with the National Park Service spotted a vehicle matching the description heading southbound on Highway 100 from Highway 199. Upon closer inspection, the vehicle's license plate matched as well.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies converged on the vehicle, pulling a "high risk traffic stop." The driver, later identified as 22-year-old Deymon Edwards, was detained without incident.
The Sheriff's Office said that detectives with Oregon State Police requested that Edwards be taken to the Del Norte County interview room to await the detectives' arrival.
OSP responded and questioned Edwards before he was booked into the Del Norte County Jail on a murder charge, among others. As of Friday afternoon, Edwards was still awaiting extradition back to Oregon.