Christy Sheats called a family meeting with her husband and two daughters on Friday in the living room of their Fulshear, Texas home.
Jason Sheats thought his wife was going to tell Taylor, 22, and Madison, 17, that their parents were getting a divorce.
Instead, she pulled out a gun and fatally shot her daughters, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls said in a news conference Wednesday. Minutes later a Fulshear police officer shot the mother outside the home when she refused to put down her weapon.
Christy Sheats had “ample time and opportunity” to kill her husband “but she chose not to,” Nehls said, sharing details of the incident for the first time.
“He felt Christy wanted him to suffer,” Nehls said, repeating what Jason Sheats told him.