The police officer who killed a Texas mom after she murdered her two daughters was justified — but is having a tough time coping with taking another person’s life, according to local authorities.
“There isn’t an officer that wakes up any morning and says, ‘I want to go out and legally kill somebody,’” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehlstold People magazine.
“When you have to take the life of another — this is most likely going to rest with him for the rest of his life,” he added.
Police Chief Kenny Seymour told the magazine he’s been talking every day with the young cop, who seems to be holding up, given the circumstances.
“I don’t care how tough you are, when you take somebody’s life, it absolutely takes a toll on you,” Seymour said.
The unidentified Fulshear police officer, who is now on leave, killed Christy Sheats last Friday after she refused to drop her .38-caliber handgun, which she had just used to murder her two children.
The officer arrived at Sheats’ home in the Houston suburb of Fulshear to find a scene of carnage — with 17-year-old Madison Sheats lying lifeless on the sidewalk and 22-year-old Taylor Sheats bleeding out.
The 46-year-old mother, who had a history of mental illness and was an avid gun enthusiast, had called a family meeting in the living room where she shot both her daughters.
Taylor was shot two more times by Sheats and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Their father, Jason, was also in the home during the double murder and was the sole survivor.
In chilling 911 calls released by Fort Bend police, the 45-year-old dad pleaded with his wife not to kill their children.
“Please don’t point the gun at us,” he said. “I beg you, please put it away. I’m sorry. I promise you, whatever you want.”
“Too late,” Sheats said, firing her weapon.
Nehls’ office is probing the cop’s actions and will present findings to a grand jury, which will determine whether to indict.
For now, Nehls said the cop “acted appropriately.”
“He did what he needed to do,” Nehls added.
No motive has been revealed yet, but a family friend who spoke to Jason after the shocking shooting said Christy Sheats wanted revenge.
“He told Christy, ‘Just shoot yourself. Make it easy on all of us, just shoot yourself,’ and she said, ‘No, that’s not what this is about, this is about punishing you,’” Madison Davey told ABC13.
Local police had been called to the Sheats house numerous times over the last few years, including at least three suicide attempts by the deranged mom.