Police: Central Texas man killed his wife, then himself; 3 children in the home weren’t harmed
Portion of incident was streamed on social media
KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - A Killeen man shot his wife to death late Tuesday night and then shot himself as officers arrived at the couple’s home where three children were found uninjured.
Police identified the couple Wednesday as Tiffany Shaquina Shepard, 34, and Archie Andrew Mitchell, 40.
Officers responded to the shooting just before midnight Tuesday in the 3900 block of Tatonka Drive.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the female victim and the male were involved in a domestic disturbance when the male produced a handgun and shot his wife,” police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said Wednesday.’'
“The male was in the garage when officers arrived and then shot himself, taking his life. There were three children in the residence and were unharmed.”
Friends confirmed to KWTX that Mitchell streamed the incident on social media after he shot Shepard.
“Initially when the video first started, it was the body of the young lady on the floor, and her eyes were open, so I didn’t think it was serious,” said Zebediah Franklin, Mitchell’s former neighbor.
“Then, when I saw the blood on the floor, I’m instantly trying to contact him and I’m like, ‘Hey, what are you doing? What’s going on?’” Franklin said.
Franklin said he messaged Mitchell but was not able to reach him.
“He saw my comment, and his eyes kind of blinked,” Franklin said.
“It was like he was in a zone or something,” he said.
The video has since been removed from Mitchell’s Facebook account.
Shepard and Mitchell both died at the scene.
Autopsies were ordered.
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