Man Fatally Shoots Wife at Home in Front of Children: Police

A man has been arrested in Indiana after he allegedly shot and killed his wife in front of her daughter and the child's friend, according to police.

Clark County Sheriff's Department (CCSD) officers arrived at the 11000 block of Forest Hill Circle at about 7:45 p.m. on Friday night after they heard reports of a shooting.

According to NBC affiliate WTHR, when police arrived at the home they found Elizabeth Bennett Lewis dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

A report obtained by the network said Mac Lewis had fired several shots inside the home while Elizabeth's 11-year-old child and her 10-year-old friend were close by.

Officers later told WTHR that the 911 caller was Elizabeth's daughter and that she had spoken to the dispatchers as Lewis continued to open fire in the home.

Sellersburg Police later informed the CCSD that Lewis had been found and was in a vehicle on State Road 60.

Murder Charges

Lewis has since been charged with murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness. He is expected to appear in Clark Circuit Court later today, according to the network.

Following the shooting, the family of Elizabeth, known as "Lizzie," released a statement in which they praised her as an "amazing mother."

The statement, obtained by CBS affiliated WLKY, read: "The Bennett family has asked that they be given a moment alone to grieve the loss of Lizzie to this senseless act of violence.

"They ask that everyone take a moment to recall her as an amazing mother, a devoted sister and a beloved daughter.

"Lizzie gave her short life to caring and helping others. Her choice of becoming a nurse was just an extension of her desire to make the world a better place for everyone. She will be missed by her two children and all that knew her."

Newsweek has contacted the CCSD for comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., dozens of people have been fatally shot in Indiana since January 1.

The database stated that 88 people have died as a result of gunshot wounds in the state so far this year.

Newsweek has reported on numerous cases where men have been accused of shooting people they had been in a relationship with.

Last week, police in Evansville, Indiana, said a man admitted to having shot a pregnant woman and later sent a recording of the footage to his mother.

Scott L. Terry Jr., 30, told police while being interviewed that he was in "a tumultuous relationship" with the victim and had admitted to shooting her.

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A file photo of a police car. The shooting happened in front of the victim's child, according to police. Getty