Thursday, February 20, 2014
Lawful Indiana Gun Owner Shoots Wife over Custody Dispute
Local news reports
The shooting of a woman Tuesday outside a Northwestside day care center followed a long-running custody battle that came to a head last week when a judge awarded custody of the couple’s child to her father — the alleged shooter.
But that court order didn’t end the custody fight between Shirley Justice and her ex-husband Christopher Justice.
A court document filed Tuesday asserts that Shirley Justice had refused to return the child after a Valentine’s Day visit.
n attorney for Christopher Justice was in court filing that document — an effort to force her to immediately hand over the child — just as the shooting occurred. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police say Shirley Justice, 31, was shot multiple times about 7:20 a.m. in the parking lot of Eagle View KinderCare Learning Center, 6750 Eagle View Drive.
She was reported in critical condition at IU Methodist Hospital.
Shirley Justice had dropped off the couple’s 6-year-old daughter and her other child at the day care moments before she was shot near her car. Police were still looking late Tuesday for Christopher Justice, 33.
According to police, Shirley Justice told officers at the scene that her ex-husband shot her.
UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Kentucky