Warren community mourns death of assistant fire chief killed in shooting, investigation underway
"His commitment to the town is unwavering. His commitment to the department and members of the department, is second to none," Sousa said.
WARREN, R.I. (WLNE)- The Warren community is mourning after Brian Remy, Assistant Chief and a 40-year volunteer member of the Warren Fire Department was shot and killed Thursday evening. This is the first homicide the Town has seen in at least a decade.
Warren officers were called for a report of shots fired and when they arrived, they found 31-year-old Jason Furtado on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his hip.
Furtado told officers a shooter was nearby, and another victim was inside of the club.
That’s when responding officers found Remy, 66, dead inside of the club after being shot once.
The gunman fled before police arrived.
“A description of the suspect was provided by the Warren Police Department and broadcast to responding officers from Bristol,” Major Brian Burke explained in a press conference Thursday night.
Immediately after the initial report of the shooting, two Bristol police officers were on their way to the Club to provide backup.
According to Major Burke, one officer heard a sudden ‘popping’ noise, looked to his left, and saw a man matching the suspect description firing at them.
Burke said one officer got out of the car and fired back.
The gunman then went into an alleyway, where officers then found him laying motionless on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police identified the suspect as 37-year-old Michael Oullette of Warren. Right now, it’s unclear if Oullette was killed by police or if he turned the gun on himself.
Investigators believe Oullette is the President of the Italian American Club and has had no previous run ins with police.
Now, the Warren community remembers Brian Remy as a devoted member of the Fire Department and a well-respected business owner in town.
An emotional Fire Chief James Sousa told ABC6 Remy was known for his clambakes, and being the person to go to in times of need. Sousa said Remy was well-connected and always stepped up n times of need.
“His commitment to the town is unwavering. His commitment to the department and members of the department, is second to none,” Sousa said.
“Taking calls, whether it’s from the dinner table or just heading off to church…whatever it may be. To drop what you’re doing and help a citizen in need, that’s what he did for forty years.”
Sousa said funeral arrangements are in the works.