WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) — The shooting death of Warren’s assistant fire chief has left the town stunned as police investigate the first homicide there in at least a decade.
Brian Remy, 66, was one of two men who were shot inside the Italian-American Club Thursday afternoon.
Warren Fire Chief James Sousa said Remy had been with the volunteer department for 40 years.
“His commitment to the town was unwavering,” Sousa said. “His commitment to the department and the members of the department was second to none.”
Black bunting was draped across the Warren Fire Department Friday morning as a public tribute to Remy, and a small memorial was set up outside.
The man who shot Remy, Michael Oullette, 37, was ultimately found dead in an alley on nearby Water Street after exchanging gunfire with a Bristol police officer. It’s unclear at this time whether the officer shot Oullette or if his injuries were self-inflicted.
Oullette was the president of the Italian-American Club, according to authorities. His motive for shooting Remy and the other victim, identified as Justin Furtado, 41, remains under investigation.
In the meantime, the fire department is working with Remy’s family to honor his legacy. Sousa said Remy was well known throughout the town, and his death has impacted the entire community.
“He was a dedicated member of the department,” Sousa said. “He had a long of history serving the citizens of Warren – day, night, storms and so on – he responded to the calls and did what was needed. He was just an all-around good person.”
Remy’s family tells 12 News they’re coping the best they can with the loss and are grateful for the community’s support.