KEY POINTS

  • An elementary school principal in Texas was shot dead Wednesday by her husband, who then killed himself
  • The husband tried to claim he was a victim of a home invasion before taking his own life
  • The woman filed a restraining order against her husband in July 2020 as well as filed for divorce

A domestic violence case turned fatal when a man shot his wife dead and then killed himself in a small Texas community Wednesday evening.

The body of the woman, identified as elementary school principal Erica Allen, 35, was found outside and two houses down from the League City home she shared with her 40-year-old husband, Nicholas Allen, who was also an educator, KHOU reported. 

The man went out of their home, shot his wife and went back in, a statement from authorities alleged. Neighbors called in the disturbance at around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Nicholas allegedly called 911 and claimed that he was a victim of a home invasion, police said. A team was dispatched to the scene, and contact was made with the man. However, the 911 call turned out to be untruthful and that the incident was a domestic problem, authorities said.

The tactical team managed to enter the premises at about 1:30 a.m. but found Nicholas dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was not detailed where Nicholas shot himself. Also found unharmed were the two kids of the couple who were aged 7 and 2 years old.

The 35-year-old school principal filed a restraining order against her husband in Galveston County in July 2020, according to court records obtained by ABC13. Aside from that, she also filed for divorce at around the same time.

The couple had also recently sold their home, KHOU reported.

Erica was a principal at Heights Elementary School, the Texas City Independent School District officials confirmed. Nicholas, on the other hand, worked as an assistant principal at Wells Middle School in the Spring Independent School District.

“Mrs. Allen was a caring educator and excellent instructional leader who worked for Texas City ISD for 8 years. She was a math teacher early on in her career then we hired her as an assistant principal in 2013. She has been the principal at Heights for the past three years,” read an official statement from Texas City ISD.

Residents at the Westwood subdivision are hoping for things to calm after the unfortunate incident. But one could not help but feel sorry for the kids of the couple.

“I feel sorry for the kids, they’re the ones who are going to suffer ... from this happening,” neighbor Ann Flores said.

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