The husband of a Texas woman who fatally shot her two daughters in a quiet suburb outside Houston before she was killed by a police officer had begged her not to kill them, saying: ‘Don’t do this. They’re our kids.’
Christy Sheats, 42, shot her daughters Madison, 17, and Taylor Sheats, 22, after a family dispute spilled out from their home and onto the street in Fulshear on Friday evening.
Neighbors said Jason Sheats, 45, had watched in horror as his wife shot their children on his birthday.
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Jason Sheats (pictured right) had pleaded with his wife Christy (left) not to shoot their daughters
The 42-year-old shot her daughters Madison (left) and Taylor Sheats (right) after a family dispute
Jason escaped unscathed, but 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.
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.
Jason Sheats (center) escaped unscathed but was taken to hospital because he was distraught
Christy Sheats (pictured) was killed by a responding police officer after she refused to drop her pistol
‘The cops were behind the trees and behind the cars, and they told the mom to put the gun down and obviously she did not,’
He said Christy had walked towards her daughter Madison’s body still holding the pistol.
‘I guess the cop was afraid he was going to shoot her again,‘ he added.
Authorities have been called to the home multiple times in the past, but it remains unclear why.
One witness said he saw Jason and his daughters running out of their home, ABC13 reports.
The girls were already wounded, the witness told the station, and Taylor then collapsed in the street.
The witness added that he saw the mother come outside with her gun, before going back inside to reload her weapon.
When she returned, she shot Madison in the back, he said.
Madison (right) worked as a babysitter, while Taylor (left) was a student at Lone Star College
Madison was pronounced dead at the scene, while Taylor was airlifted to a hospital in a critical condition, where she later died.
Christy and Jason Sheats had recently reunited after being separated, another neighbour told ABC13. She said the shooting on Friday was on Jason’s birthday.
Meanwhile, other neighbors in Fulshear expressed shock when they heard of the shooting.
‘The mother was nice,’ one said. ‘You wouldn’t expect if they told you this is what was going to happen.’
Austin Enke, who went to high school with one of the girls, said he thought he heard fireworks at first.
‘It’s crazy. The neighborhood has never seen this kind of thing before. It’s always quiet,’ he told KHOU.
‘This is surprising. They never showed any kind of thing that was wrong with them whatsoever,’
Sheats, a business manager at a laser tattoo removal clinic, posted a photo of her two daughters on Facebook in September last year.
Christy (right with Madison left) refused to drop her pistol when authorities arrived on the scene, and a Fulshear police officer was forced to shoot her
She wrote: ‘Happy Daughter’s Day to my two amazing, sweet, kind, beautiful, intelligent girls. I love and treasure you both more than you could ever possibly know.’
Tributes poured in for Taylor, who went to Lone Star College, and Madison, a student at Seven Lakes High School, on Facebook on Saturday.
Taylor’s friend Joanna Higgins wrote on their high school alumni page: ‘I’m in utter shock. She was so talented and had a heart of gold. God rest her soul and those mourning her loss.’
Madison’s former teacher Whitney Mae Bruce wrote: ‘My heart is broken this morning to find that my sweet Madison Sheats lost her life.
‘Always positive and smiling, Madison quickly became one of my favorite students four years ago while teaching for the first time in Katy.
‘A wonderful student/person/babysitter will be missed enormously. Please pray for her father.’