New York City Police Officer Sherlon Smikle allegedly killed his wife, Lana Morris, with a shotgun and then turned the weapon on himself on Wednesday night.
The murder-suicide took place at around 7:00 p.m. after Morris got home late from work and wouldn't cook dinner.
According to the New York Post, Smikle chased Morris out of their Queens, New York house and then shot her four times on the street. Smikle went back into the couple's home and shot himself in the head, dying on the spot.
“We heard four shots and then a pause and then there were two more,” said neighbor Andrea Tatum. "I saw the woman who got shot face down on the street. She wasn’t moving at all. I couldn’t see any blood but I saw the shell casings. Four that I could see right there.”
Fortunately, the couple's 8-year-old son was playing at a relative’s house when the grisly murder-suicide took place.
Smikle’s official police gun was taken away by authorities after a recent domestic dispute with Morris. Law enforcement officials are investigating how Smikle got a shotgun.
Morris worked as a school-safety agent and was still wearing her uniform when paramedics took her to Queens General Hospital, where she died, reports the New York Daily News.
According to a FBI report in 2010 on gun violence, people are much more likely to be murdered with a gun by a family member or a friend, instead of a stranger.