COVINGTON — A divorced couple died late Thursday night in an apparent murder-suicide.
Capt. Craig Treadwell with the Covington Police Department stated in a press release that officers were called to a possible shooting at 10112 Wellington Ridge Drive around 10:30 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered both victims had been shot and died at the scene.
The victims are identified as Alicia Ruby Richards, 40, of 10112 Wellington Ridge Drive, and 48-year-old Norman Alphonso Richards of 10330 Magnolia Heights Drive.
“Investigators interviewed eye witnesses, and at this point in the investigation it has been determined that the male suspect shot the female victim then turned the firearm on himself,” Treadwell said.
Treadwell said that Mr. and Mrs. Richards had attended a school function together for one of their children earlier in the day. When they returned to Alicia Richards’ home, Norman Richards apparently became angry that Alicia Richards disciplined one of their daughters by taking away her cell phone.
The two were reportedly arguing in the kitchen when Norman Richards pulled out a gun and shot her more than one time. He then turned the gun on himself and shot himself, Treadwell said.
The shooting occurred in the presence of the couple’s two young daughters who lived with Alicia Richards. They are now with other family members.
Treadwell said the couple were divorced, but officers have been called many times over the years to the Wellington Ridge address for domestic violence-related situations.