More details are emerging in the tragic case of the Texas mom who fatally shot her two daughters last Friday, June 24. In a news conference Wednesday, June 29, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls revealed that he had spoken at length with the girls’ father, Jason Sheats, who believed his wife, Christy, shot their two daughters because she “wanted him to suffer.”
“Mr. Sheats stated Christy knew how much he loved Taylor and Madison and how much they loved him,” Nehls said, noting that Jason had given him permission to share his account. “By killing his children, Mr. Sheats will have to live the rest of his life with this horrible memory.”
According to Nehls, Christy had called for a family meeting the day of the shooting, and Jason thought his wife was going to tell Taylor, 22, and Madison, 17, that their parents were getting a divorce.
Instead, 42-year-old Christy pulled out a .38-caliber handgun and fatally shot her daughters. According to Nehls, Taylor was hit with a gunshot through the back, and Madison was shot through the neck.
After Jason tried to help them escape outside, Christy gave chase and shot Taylor again with the gun, killing her. Madison, who was severely injured, was transported to a hospital, where she later died.
Authorities called to the scene of the crime later shot and killed Christy after she allegedly refused to put down her gun.
Jason told Nehls that Christy had “ample time and opportunity” to kill him as well, “but she chose not to.”
“We look at him as a victim,” Nehls said. “This is something he is going to have to live with for the rest of his life. She accomplished what she set out to do, which is to make him suffer.”
According to CNN, Jason told Nehls that his wife of more than 20 years began a “downward spiral” in 2012 after the death of her beloved grandfather, who gifted her the gun she would eventually use to kill her two daughters. Her depression worsened when her mother died.
The distraught father told Nehls that he and Christy had recently gotten into a disagreement when she tried to ground their older daughter, Taylor, and forbid her from seeing her fiancé, whom she was set to wed Monday, June 27.
Jason told his wife that the grounding was an inappropriate punishment for a 22-year-old, Nehls said. Several days later, Christy shot both Taylor and Madison.