TEXAS: A mother fatally shot her two daughters at their Katy home before she was shot dead by a responding police officer, authorities said on Monday.
Christy Sheats, 42, killed Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, after a family argument.
Reports are that Christy Sheats called for a family meeting in the living room of the home. Jason Sheats, the girls’ father and Christy Sheats’ husband, was at the home at the time of the shooting, but was not injured. Police said he was hospitalized because of his emotional state after the incident.
“During that meeting, Christy Sheats held up a gun and shot both girls,” the sheriff’s office said.
According to police, Jason Sheats and his daughters ran outside where Madison collapsed and died. Jason ran to the end of the cul-de-sac.
Christy Sheats shot Taylor one more time on the street. A witness told investigators Christy Sheats then went back into the home, reloaded her gun and shot Taylor once more. Taylor was planning to marry her longtime boyfriend this week.
When police arrived to the scene, they saw Christy Sheats shooting one of her daughters in the street.
FOX NEWS: An officer fatally shot Christy Sheats after she refused to obey commands to drop her handgun. Taylor Sheats was taken to a Houston hospital, where she died.
A Facebook profile consistent with Sheats’ biographical details included a pro-gun post, alongside posts about how much she loved members of her family.
Madison Davey, a friend of the Sheats daughters, told KTRK-TV that the two girls were caught up in the troubled marriage of their parents. She said that Jason Sheats told her that Christy Sheats shot her daughters because she wanted him to suffer.
The sheriff’s office also revealed Monday that officers had been called out 14 times since 2012 to the Sheats’ home.
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa had told People magazine that prior calls had involved a “mental crisis” related to Sheats.
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