Twinsburg firefighter dead in apparent murder-suicide

Twinsburg firefighter dead in apparent murder-suicide
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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Police are investigating an early morning murder-suicide.

Friends of the 35-year-old female victim said her fiance, Twinsburg Firefighter Demetrius Butler, shot and killed her, before killing himself.

Akron police officers were first called to a residence in the 600 block of Brittain Road just before 2 a.m. Thursday.

They arrived to find a 35-year-old woman suffering multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said it was the woman’s 11-year-old daughter who called them after hearing an argument between her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. The girl then found her mother unresponsive in the basement.

According to police, the victim’s boyfriend, a 35-year-old male, was found standing in the driveway with a handgun in his hand.

As officers approached the man, he put the gun to his chest and shot himself.

“They just got back from vacation. They were always laughing. She was always talking about him. He had just got her flowers delivered on Tuesday,” said Channon Cox, friend of the female victim.

Akron police say Twinsburg Firefighter Demetrius Butler shot and killed his fiance on April 11.
Akron police say Twinsburg Firefighter Demetrius Butler shot and killed his fiance on April 11.

The man was transported to Akron City Hospital where he was later pronounced dead of his injuries at 3:05 a.m.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notifications.

Statement from Twinsburg Mayor Ted Yates and Fire Chief Tim Morgan:

It is with great sorrow that we announce the tragic loss of our colleague, Fire/Medic Demetrius Butler. He began his career with Twinsburg Fire on Feb. 9, 2012 as a part-time firefighter paramedic. Demetrius then transitioned to full-time employment with our department on April 3, 2018. Along with the regular duties of firefighter/paramedic, Butler represented Twinsburg Fire on the Summit County Hazardous Materials Response Team. He was a valued member of our team with years of experience brought from other area departments he has worked with and has helped advance our department through Fire and EMS instruction. Demetrius has touched many lives throughout several communities in which he has served. The Fire Department is providing support and counseling for our staff during this troubling time. This incident is a tragedy for multiple families and we ask that respect is given to all survivors as they grieve. All inquiries regarding the death investigation should be directed to Lt. Rick Edwards, Akron Police Department at (330) 375-2371.

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