Instead of fond memories of presents, candles and celebrations, Jason Sheats’ 45th birthday will forever be his darkest. That was the day his wife mercilessly murdered their daughters in front him, before being shot dead by police.
Authorities believe the brutal June 24 deaths of Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22, began as a family argument that spilled out on to their quiet street in Fulshear, Texas.
Witnesses claim they saw the young women running from the home, already wounded, reports ABC 13.
Taylor then allegedly collapsed in the street, as Christy walked outside with a gun in hand, before returning inside to reload. When she emerged a second time, she allegedly shot her other daughter in the back.
Police have confirmed that Jason saw the whole thing, reportedly pleading desperately with his wife not to harm their girls, according to Click2Houston.
According to one witness, police officers heard him cry, “Don’t do this. They’re our kids.”
Jason was not injured during the shooting, but was hospitalised suffering severe distress.
“He’s going through a very difficult time,” said Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Jason Sheats and his daughters, Madison (left) and Taylor (right). Images via Facebook.
Officers arrived at the Sheats' home at around 5pm on Friday to find Christy standing outside, still clutching a gun. Taylor and Madison were lying motionless in the street.
“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,” witness and neighbour Fazz Zainuddin told Click2Houston.
A Fulshear police officer then fired a single shot, and Christy Sheats was dead.
A neighbour told ABC 13 that Jason was incredibly close with Madison and Taylor.