GREAT FALLS(AP) — Great Falls police are investigating a domestic violence case that ended with the shooting deaths of a Montana Air National Guard commander and his wife.
MANG officials identified the victims as Lt. Col. Don Mahoney and Shelly Mahoney, Montana Stae University-Northern graduate a fourth-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Great Falls. Don Mahoney was the maintenance squadron commander and is a former Great Falls police officer.
Great Falls police were called to the Mahoney house at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, and officers found the bodies in a bedroom.
Lt. Bob Rosipal with the Cascade County Sheriff's office, which was called in to determine the cause of the deaths, said both victims were shot. Police say they are not looking for any suspects, but did not release additional details about the deaths.
Montana Air National Guard spokesman Maj. Rick Anderson, who has been friends with Don Mahoney since fifth grade, said the former Army Air Borne Ranger was a member of MANG for about 20 years.
"He was a natural leader, even in the fifth grade," Anderson said. "Colonel Mahoney had an extremely important leadership role in the maintenance area of the MANG — there is a hole there."
Meanwhile, Shelly Mahoney was remembered Friday as a gifted teacher.
She graduated from Northern and joined the Great Falls school district in 2004 as a substitute teacher. A year later, she was hired to teach fourth grade at Mountain View.
"She was an absolutely remarkable teacher," said Carol McKittrick, the school's principal. "She leaves behind a legacy. She expected every child to succeed, and then she gave them the support to do just that."
Pete Hronek, commander of MANG's 120th Fighter Wing, said he attended the same church as the Mahoneys and their three children and knew the couple professionally and socially.
He said none of his interactions with the Mahoneys signaled any type of tension.