ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana — A mother of three gunned down her estranged husband in front of their kids at a Walmart parking lot, cops said.
Kayla Coutee, 31, had gone to meet her ex, Thomas Coutee, 30, to exchange the children on Saturday morning, when she shot him once in the chest, the Alexandria police department said.
She then remained at the scene with the three children, ages 7, 5 and 2, until police arrived to find Thomas laying on his back in a pool of blood at an outer area of the parking lot. Paramedics tried to save Thomas, but he was declared dead at the scene.
Kayla was taken into custody at the scene and later charged with second-degree murder. The children were not injured and were taken to police headquarters before being released to a relative.
Thomas Coutee had filed for divorce from Kayla earlier this year, court records show.