Person of interest identified in Hermiston man's shooting death

HERMISTON, Ore. - Police have named a person of interest in the shooting death of a 38-year-old Hermiston man.

On Saturday, Hermiston police responded to a report that James John Cragun had been shot at 525 SW 13th Pl. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators would like to speak with Tyree Houfmuse, 34, who is allegedly involved with the incident.

He is an African American male who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs between 200 and 240 pounds. He several tattoos including a rose on the left side of his neck. 

In 2014, Houfmuse was accused of shooting a man outside a bar in Kennewick. He claimed self-defense and was relieved of an assault charge, but he was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm 

This most recent shooting appears to be an isolated incident and police do not believe there is any further danger to the public.

Some information is being withheld as police continue to investigate the shooting.

If you know where to find the person of interest, call the Hermiston Police Department at 541-567-5519. 


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