THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Investigators believe a Houston-area man fatally shot his estranged wife before killing himself as their two children were nearby.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office did not immediately release the names of the couple Tuesday.
Detective Dan Zientek says the children were not hurt as their father apparently opened fire on their mother, then took his own life.
The shootings happened late Monday at a home in The Woodlands. Officials say one of the youngsters ran to a neighbor's place to get help. Both bodies were found in the yard of the home where the woman and the two children lived.
The man's car was later discovered parked on a street nearby street.
Documents indicate the woman filed for divorce last November. The couple had a court date next week.
On May 28, 2012, at approximately 4:10 pm, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a location on West Green Vine in The Woodlands, Texas. Upon arrival, deputies found a 44 year old female and 56 year old male deceased from gunshot wounds they had received. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigators and Major Crime Detectives responded to the scene.
The initial investigation indicates the male and female were husband and wife and had been separated. The male came over to the West Green Vine address today, shot the female and then took his own life. The names are currently being withheld until next of kin are notified.
The Sheriff’s Office Investigators are still in the early stages of the investigation.