Weekend murder, suicide investigated

by Michael Bush - fbush@civitasmedia.com

According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, police are investigating what is believed to be a murder-suicide. Murphy said that Altus Police responded to the Apple Creek Apartments on S. Park Lane Friday shortly before 5:30 p.m. after a caller stated his son was threatening to kill himself.

Murphy said that when police arrived they could here a baby crying and forced entry into the apartment. He said they found the deceased body of a female lying on the floor in the bedroom. A small child was also found in the apartment and was later placed into the care of the Department of Human Services.

Murphy said the child was not injured, and was identified as belonging to the couple that rented the apartment. Investigators then began a search for the male subject. Murphy said that the man had called threatening suicide. “It was determined that he worked as an active duty member at Altus Air Force Base, 97th Security Forces Squadron,” said Murphy. “While an Altus Police Officer was communicating with the control desk at the Security Forces Squadron headquarters, medical attention was needed at that location, for an individual who had shot himself,” said Murphy.

Police responded to building 130 at Altus Air Force Base where a man was found outside, dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Altus Police later identified the female victim at the apartments as 26 year old Raina Shultz. Her body has been transported to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiners Office in Oklahoma City for an autopsy, in order to determine a manner, cause and approximate time of death.

The body of the suspect at Altus Air Force Base was identified as 25 year old Nicholas Shultz. He has also been transported to the State Medical Examiners office for an autopsy.

Murphy said that investigators recovered a note at the apartment believed to have been written by the suspect, in which he described a domestic dispute which turned physical, how he choked the victim, and how she never regained consciousness. “During the investigation at Altus Air Force Base, a suicide note was also located in the suspects pocket,” added Murphy.

In a news release on the Altus Air Force Base website, U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Hohn, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander said, “Our heartfelt sympathies are with Airman Schultz’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Assisting Altus Police in the investigation was the Office of Special Investigations at Altus Air Force Base, 97th Security Forces Squadron, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

by Michael Bush


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