Christy Sheats was shot and killed last Friday by a Fulshear police officer after she shot and killed her two daughters. The officer fatally shot Sheats, 42, when she refused to drop her handgun. In a new update by People Magazine, the Fort Bend County Sheriff, Troy Nehls, says the officer is now on leave, but he was totally justified in killing Christy Sheats.
Nehls’ office is reportedly looking into the police officer’s actions, which is apparently standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting. A grand jury will ultimately decide whether or not to charge the unidentified officer with a serious crime. In the meantime, local authorities said that the officer who shot and killed Christy Sheats — a Decatur, Alabama, native — acted appropriately and did what he needed to do, considering the circumstances.
The officer arrived at the Fort Bend County, Texas, home of Jason and Christy Sheats last Friday afternoon to find the couple’s two daughters shot and lying in the street. According to authorities, Christy Sheats was also standing in the road holding a handgun. After Sheats repeatedly refused to drop the handgun, the Fulshear officer shot and killed her. The Fulshear Police Department was reportedly assisting Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies on the call.
According to the Inquisitr on Wednesday, Christy Sheats had called a family meeting on Friday to allegedly talk to her two daughters, 17-year-old Madison and 22-year-old Taylor, about divorcing their father, 45-year-old Jason Sheats. Instead, with Jason sitting right there, Christy pulled out the handgun and began shooting at Madison and Taylor. Reports say that Jason actually begged Christy not to shoot their children, saying, “Please, don’t shoot my family.” Jason also told police that Christy had suffered from depression for several years prior and had attempted suicide three times.
CNN shared on Thursday that just days before the fatal shootings, Christy Sheats had a fight with her oldest daughter, Taylor, as well as her husband of more than 20 years, Jason. Christy had reportedly wanted to ground Taylor from seeing her fiance, a punishment that Jason didn’t agree with. That argument, along with the fact that Jason had told Christy the day of the murders that he wanted a divorce, was apparently the motive for the murders. Christy Sheats didn’t kill Jason because he said she wanted him to suffer without his children.
“Mr. Sheats stated Christy knew how much he loved Taylor and Madison and how much they loved him,” according to Sheriff Nehls.
“By killing his children, Mr. Sheats will have to live the rest of his life with this horrible memory.”
“We look at him as a victim. This is something he is going to have to live with for the rest of his life.”
Sheriff Nehls went on to say during a news conference on Wednesday that Christy Sheats accomplished what she set out to do, which is to make Jason Sheats suffer. Nehls also said that the officer who shot and killed Christy had a “difficult time dealing with this.” Fulshear Police Chief, Kenny Seymour, told People Magazine that the officer is using his time off to decompress from the “adrenaline dump” and “physiological effects” of the shooting.
“I don’t care how tough you are, when you take somebody’s life, it absolutely takes a toll on you.”
The young officer who fatally shot Christy Sheats last Friday outside her home in Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston near Fulshear, is described as very “competent” and “compassionate” and was only working early that day to cover a shift for another Fulshear police officer.
[Photo by Christy Byrd Sheats/Facebook]