CRIME
03/21/2013 10:53 am ET

Andre Murphy, Former Cop, Allegedly Killed Ex-Wife Catina Lareese Murphy, Self In Apparent Murder-Suicide

A former Texas cop killed his ex-wife as she desperately called 911 for help, police.

NBC News reports that Andre Murphy, 40, shot and murdered Catina Lareese Murphy, 37, in her DeSoto, Tex., home on Wednesday before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, according to authorities.

The killing took place on the same day the former couple's divorce was finalized, the station reports.

Cops said Murphy kicked in the front door and then bolted up the stairs, shooting his ex as she pleaded with a 911 operator to send help.

WFAA has a transcript of part of the 911 call placed by Catina Murphy:

MURPHY: "Please send somebody! Send somebody right now! I think my husband, my ex-husband, is going to try to break into the house."

The recording then erupts with screams.

MURPHY: "He's trying to kick the door in!"

DISPATCHER: "Ma'am, can you run out the back?"

Police arrived five minutes later to find both Murphy and his former wife dead.

DeSoto police Capt. Ron Smith said the incident was all the more painful because it made the couple's 7-year-old daughter an orphan.

"It’s a tragic situation,” Smith said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Not only did two people die, but a young child lost her parents.”

Though authorities believe the case was a murder-suicide, sources tell CBS DFW that police are still considering the possibility that Murphy was killed by his ex-wife after he shot her. They are hopeful a pending autopsy will conclusively settle the matter.

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