Sheriff: Katy-area woman shot daughters to make husband “suffer”

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Jason Sheats, the father of two daughters who were killed by their mother and his wife, Christy Sheats last week.  The office issued a press release with details about the interview Thursday.

An interview of the father in the Sheats family shooting incident has shed some light on the investigation being conducted by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the release said.

On June 24, 9-1-1 calls were placed to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office about a shooting incident on the 6000 block of Remson Hollow Lane in the Katy area. A deputy and an officer with the Fulshear Police Department responded to the call.

Jason Sheats, 45, told investigators that his wife, Christy Sheats, 42, had suffered from depression and anxiety and had attempted to commit suicide three times. Additionally, Sheats told them his wife had been treated at three different private mental health facilities in the past four years.

Christy Sheats shot and killed the couple’s two daughters, Taylor, 22, and Madison, 17, in their home. The responding officers witnessed Christy Sheats take her last shot at Taylor and  she then approached the officers. As she approached them, officers said she did not comply with their orders to drop her gun. The Fulshear officer then shot her to death.

During the interview with Jason Sheats, he told officers his wife was taking several medications to cope with her depression and anxiety and he also said the couple had discussed divorce.

On the day of the shootings, Christy Sheats called a family meeting and Jason Sheats thought she was going to discuss filing for  divorce. Instead, Jason Sheats told investigators that Christy Sheats pulled a gun and started shooting.

Jason Sheats told investigators that the gun used in the shooting, a .38 caliber handgun, was inherited from her grandfather. According to her husband, she had applied for a license to carry a handgun permit, but the state refused the application.

In answering questions at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Troy Nehls said the sheriff’s office is trying to discover why she was denied the license.

“She wanted him to suffer,” Nehls said, about Christy Sheats’ motive to kill their daughters.

Nehls discussed prior calls for service to the Sheat’s home, dating back to 2012. Three of the calls were suicide attempts by Christy Sheats, five calls were false alarms, one was a medical call, one was a call from the Crisis Intervention Team from the sheriff’s office, one was a medical call, one was a verbal altercation and one was a 9-1-1 call where Christy Sheats wanted to speak to a deputy.

According to the release, this is the final report about this incident. The information that has been released was with the permission of Jason Sheats.