2 Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide At Del City Home, Police Say

Tuesday, September 21st 2021, 4:58 pm
By: Hunter McKee

DEL CITY, Oklahoma -

An investigation is underway after two people are found dead inside a Del City home. Investigators think the deaths could be the result of a murder-suicide.

"That's traumatizing to me and to think that it happened so close to home it's just heartbreaking," said Shelly Mayhan, a neighbor.

Mahan got a knock on her door Friday from someone asked where her neighbor, 22-year-old Aaron Butler, was. 

She saw Butler the following day and mentioned it to him. She said everything seemed normal, but that night, she heard what sounded like a faint gunshot.

"It just sounded like a pop," said Mayhan. "It wasn't a bang, so it didn't startle me. I remember hearing it."

On Monday, Mahan got another knock on her door saying Butler still hadn't been found. However, she saw people go into the home this time.

"That's when they found both of them dead," said Mayhan.

Along with Butler was 22-year-old Trisha Fernandez. Police think the two were in a relationship and were having problems. Investigators think Butler shot Fernandez and then turned the gun on himself.

"He was very nice and didn't seem like anything was off," Mayhan said. "It's just shocking."

Police said Butler was active-duty military at Tinker Air Force Base.  Officials with the base said he was assigned to 552nd Air Control Wing.

"We are deeply saddened at the loss and our thoughts go out to all those who may be affected. We will provide further comment as details become available,” a Tinker Air Force Base spokesman said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what exactly led up to the shooting.