Umatilla police on Monday caught the lone suspect in the recent killing of James Cragun.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston in a written statement reported a Umatilla police supervisor arrested Tyree Houfmuse around 2:35 p.m. Monday after a traffic stop in the area of Southshore Drive and Highway 730, Umatilla.
“Taking Mr. Houfmuse into custody without incident is a critical component in the investigation of the death of James Cragun,” Edmiston said in the statement.
Hermiston police early May 27 responded to a shooting at 525 S.W. 13th Place. The first officer on the scene found an unresponsive Cragun and began CPR. Emergency medical technicians took over, but Cragun never recovered. He was 38.
Edmiston reported Umatilla police took the 35-year-old Houfmuse to the Hermiston Police Department and turned him over to officers there. Police later booked him into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton on the warrant for his arrest issued earlier this month.
“Since the killing of James Cragun, our agency has been in constant contact with our local partner agencies,” Edmiston said in the statement. “The arrest of Mr. Houfmuse is a great example of teamwork on display.”
Edmiston explained a plain clothes Hermiston police detective worked “seamlessly” with members of the Umatilla Police Department in filtering information that led to Houfmuse’s capture.