If the husband knew about her history of mental issues, why did he not report her or at least disarm her himself? His kids would still be alive today if he had been pro-active about this.
Clues are emerging that might explain the shocking murder of two Houston girls by their own mother Friday, pointing to a struggling home environment hit hard by mental illness.
Christy Sheats, 42, gunned down daughters Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22, after a family dispute spilled out of their home and onto the street in Fulshear on Friday evening.
Now it has emerged that the mom, who was shot dead by a police officer after fatally wounding her daughters, had a history of mental illness and altercations, and that she and husband Jason, 45, had only recently reunited after a separation.
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa told People that officers had been to the Sheats’ home ‘for previous altercations’
Those altercations, she said, involving a ‘mental crisis’ that Christy Sheats had been undergoing.
However, she would not elaborate on the remarks.
The Houston Chronicle confirmed that police had visited the house on multiple occasions.
And a neighbor told ABC13 that Christy and Jason Sheats had only recently reunited after a period of separation.
But that reunion led to disaster when a family argument on Friday – which was also Jason’s birthday – spiraled into a double-murder that ended with a police officer shooting Christy.
Jason, who was the only family member to survive the incident, though he was taken to hospital due to his distress.
A police officer heard him pleading with his wife before she was shot dead, neighbour Fazz Zainuddin told Click2Houston.
‘[The officer] heard the dad say, “Don’t do this. They’re our kids”,’ Zainuddin said.
Officers had responded to a 911 call around 5pm on Friday. They arrived to find the two daughters lying outside the home in the 6000 block of Remson Hollow Lane in the Houston suburb of Fulshear.
The mother, who is originally from Decatur, Alabama, was killed by a responding police officer after she refused to drop her pistol, authorities said.
Sheriff Troy Nehls says the shooting was apparently after a family argument, but the reason for the dispute remains unclear.
Nehls says the two younger women had already been shot when a Fulshear police officer arrived and saw the mother with a gun in her hand, apparently preparing to shoot one of her daughters again.
The officer shot and killed her.