Police have released the chilling 911 calls from the shootings of Taylor and Madison Sheats by their mother, Christy Sheats, in Katy, Texas. Her husband, Jason Sheats, was not shot after escaping to a neighbor’s house to get help.
Christy Sheats, 42, killed her daughters, 22, and 17, last Friday before she was shot dead by a responding officer, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said.
The first call, which lasts about 45 seconds, was made by 17-year-old Madison Sheats. She can be heard screaming, along with her father, Jason Sheats, who begs his wife to not shoot them.
In the second call, 22-year-old Taylor Sheats tells the dispatcher, “I’m shot.”
The third call was made by a neighbor.
You can listen to the 911 call audio below:
Jason Sheats, who was celebrating his birthday on the day of the shooting, can be heard pleading with his wife as Taylor and Madison scream in the background during the first 911 call.
“Please put down that gun, don’t shoot us,” Jason Sheats said as a shriek is heard from one of the girls. “I’m sorry … Baby, I beg you. I’ll do anything you say. Please don’t point that gun at us. I’m sorry, I promise you, whatever you want…”
The call was then disconnected.
In the second call, Taylor Sheats can be heard sobbing after yelling “I’m shot” as the 911 dispatcher tries to get information from her. “Please,” she says as the call disconnects.
The third call, the longest of the three, was made by a neighbor after the incident spilled into the quiet neighborhood street outside the Sheats’ home.
“We need an ambulance right away,” the neighbor said. “Two people, I believe they’re shot. … There’s a lady with a gun, she’s coming out of the house right now. Two people shot outside, two people shot outside.”
The dispatcher asks if Sheats is still shooting and the neighbor says no, but the gun is in her hand.
The neighbor says Sheats was wearing a purple dress. He said the daughters were “laying in the middle of the street. And there’s a guy trying to help them, but the lady is on top of one of them with the gun in her hand. … She’s in the street just standing up.”
He said it looks like both the victims were alive.
“She’s trying to shoot again, but apparently she don’t have any more bullets … she’s going inside the house now, it looks like she’s going to look for more bullets,” the neighbor said. After about a minute, he says she is coming back outside again.
“Apparently she has bullets now,” he said. “Oh! She shot her again, from the back, she’s trying to run. … She’s shooting again, they’re running down the street.”
Christy and Jason Sheats had recently reunited after they had separated, and were arguing before the shooting, family friends say.
She was joined in the living room by her husband, Jason Sheats, and her two daughters, Taylor and Madison, the sheriff’s office said. During the meeting, she held up a gun and shot both of her daughters, police said.
“Jason Sheats and both daughters managed to get out of the house house by going through the front door,” sheriff’s office said Monday in the press release. “Madison collapsed and died. Jason ran to the end of the cul-de-sac. Taylor ran into the street and Christy Sheats followed, shooting Taylor again. According to a witness, Christy Sheats went back inside the home to reload the gun. Christy Sheats returned and shot Taylor once more.”
Her husband watched as she shot Taylor, neighbor Fazz Zainuddin told KPRC-TV.
The neighbor told the news station he heard him say, “‘Don’t do this. They’re our kids.'”
A police officer responding from nearby Fulshear, who was assisting the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, shot Christy Sheats while she held the gun used in the shooting, police said.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has been called to the Sheats home 14 times since January 2012, according to a press release.
Some of those calls were for alarm issues. The sheriff’s office said in a press release that details of the other incidents, along with 911 calls, cannot be released at this time. Sheriff Troy Nehls told the Houston Chronicle three of the calls were for suicide attempts by Christy Sheats.
“It just seems like an argument — a domestic disturbance in a family, that turns into a shooting where a mother went out and shot her two daughters — somebody would say she’s got mental health issues because who in her right mind would do that,” Nehls told the Houston Chronicle. “That will be our job here, that will be the investigators’ focus now for the next coming days, to try and pinpoint the motive. And if she was suffering from some type of mental illness, what type of outreach, what type of help she was getting.
“I think you want to know, did the system fail her? Did we fail her? Did her family fail her? I would want to know. I would want to get to the bottom of it,” Nehls said.
Christy Byrd Sheats, who described herself as a Baptist and conservative on her Facebook page, made several posts about her love of guns and her need to own them to protect her family.
In one post, which you can see below, she posted a meme in January and added “That’s right! #merica.”
In another post, in March, she shared a gun advertisement video, and wrote, “It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns.”
Police have not said if the gun she used in the shooting was legally owned. It is also not known if she owned any other guns.
A family friend, Madison Davey, told KTRK-TV the gun used in the shooting was a family treasure that had been passed down by her great-grandfather to “protect the family.”
Taylor Sheats, the older daughter, was set to marry her longtime boyfriend on Monday in a small ceremony, with a larger wedding planned for after their college graduation, her family says. Her sister, Madison, was going into her senior year of high school.
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You can see photos of Christy Sheats and her daughters in the gallery below:
You can read more about the Christy Sheats shootings in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com: