Twinsburg firefighter kills fiancee and himself in Akron

  • Source: Akron Beacon Journal and
  • Published: 04/11/2019 06:43 PM

Demetrius T’Juan Butler knew this grim story had no happy ending. As a paramedic, he worked for years with different teams of dispatchers, police officers and firefighters all trying to defuse volatile and dangerous situations like the one he set off. It started about 2 a.m. Thursday in Akron when Butler shot and killed his fiancee, Olivia “Liv” Hamey, 35, in the basement of her Goodyear Heights home as her children, an 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, tried to sleep upstairs. It ended not long after, about 5 miles away, in the driveway of his mother’s East Akron home. There, Butler — a 35-year-old Twinsburg firefighter who was once named co-paramedic of the year when he worked for a different department in Stark County — shot himself in the chest. In between the murder and the suicide, Butler left a trail of heartbreak, destruction and questions, many of which may never be answered.


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