Married School Principals Dead In Texas Murder-Suicide
A Texas elementary school principal was shot dead by her husband in front of her house this week while her two children were inside, police said.
Erica Allen, 35, was found in the front yard of her League City home on Wednesday. Neighbors in the community, an hour southeast of Houston, saw her estranged husband shoot her and then walk back inside, according to KHOU.
Nicholas Allen then apparently called the police and falsely claimed that his home was undergoing a home invasion.
"The investigation found that the initial call for a home invasion was false and that the incident was due to a domestic problem," the League Police Department said in a statement.
The 40-year-old allegedly told police that there were "innocents" in the house who were believed to be related to his two children. When a tactical team responded at around 1:30 a.m., they found Nicholas Allen's body in a closet who had died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 2-year-old and the 7-year-old were found unharmed in the house.
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Erica Allen was the principal at Heights Elementary School in the Texas City Independent School District, KHOU reported. Her husband was the assistant principal at Wells Middle School in the adjacent Spring Independent School District.
ABC 13 reported that Erica Allen filed for an injunction against her husband in Galveston County in July. KHOU received court documents showing that she filed for divorce and that the house where she was murdered was recently sold.
If you suffer from domestic violence, you can call the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential.
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