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Family argument leads Houston mother to fatally shoot two daughters

June 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Family argument leads Houston mother to fatally shoot two daughters

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FULSHEAR, Texas – Police officers killed a Houston woman who gunned down her two adult daughters following a family dispute on Friday.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said the incident occurred in Fulshear, a suburb of Houston around 5 p.m. on Friday.

Nehls stated that investigators are still trying to figure out a motive for what could have caused Christy Sheats, 42, to fatally shoot her two daughters, identified as 22-year-old Taylor Sheats, 22, and 17-year-old Madison Sheats, but said all indications pointed to a climaxed family argument.

“It was a family argument that turned into a shooting,” Nehls said. “But we’re still trying to put the pieces together.”

A Fulshear police officer who responded to calls of shots fired said both of the woman’s daughters had already been shot, one of them fatally when he arrived at the scene.

The officer said he witnessed Sheats holding a firearm, apparently attempting to shoot one of her daughters again and ordered her to drop the weapon.

When she refused his command, the officer fired his service weapon, killing the woman.

Nehls said Madison died at the scene; emergency responders had Taylor flown by helicopter to the Texas Medical Center where she later died.

According to the Houston Chronicle, police had to quickly block off the street where the bodies remained as crowds of concerned neighbors began approaching the crime scene.

“They were always cheerful and never depressed. You never heard anything bad about them,” said Austin Enke, who attended high school with one of the victims.

Investigators remained unsure if the shooting happened on the street where the bodies were found or inside the family’s home.

Nehls said the distraught father, who was at the home at the time of the shooting, was unharmed but had to be taken to a local hospital for observation.

“He’s going through a very difficult time,” Nehls said.

Law enforcement agencies including the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Fulshear Police, and the Texas Rangers are involved in the investigation, Nehls said.

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