Pauls Valley police chief Mitch McGill said an employee of the Love's truck stop on Airline Road called them about a fight around 1:40 Tuesdsay morning.
"A subject ended up at Love's that had been in an altercation," said McGill.
That call led police to Rush Creek, where police said the fight, which involved at least 4 or 5 people, had taken place.
"Just south of the police department here, and the discovery of the body at about five o'clock this morning," McGill added.
Police said 22-year-old Jerry Lytle was killed during that fight.
A neighbor who lives near the creek was shocked to learn of the city's first homicide in a decade.
"Well I didn't know until I saw all the cars down there this morning and everybody milling around," said Wada McEuin, a resident of Paul's Valley. "I didn't know what was going on."
Police and OSBI are investigating Lytle's cause of death and what may have led to the fight.
McGill said they do have a few suspects in mind and hope to close the case quickly.
"We have some suspects that we've talked to and hopefully by the end of the day we will have some charges filed," said McGill.
In a case that's left residents shaken.
"It scared me to death," said McEuin."It's too close to home."