CRIME
03/17/2014 01:00 pm ET Updated Mar 18, 2014

Police Seek Motive After Texas Man Allegedly Shoots Wife In Head

Police in Texas have charged a husband with murder in the fatal shooting of his wife.

Missouri City Police arrested Daniel Politte, 30, after he allegedly killed his young wife, Stephanie Kirkpatrick Politte, on the evening of Mar. 11. That night, the suspect placed a 911 call, telling responders that his wife needed medical attention because she'd started vomiting blood, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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Daniel Politte (left) and Stephanie Kirkpatrick Politte (right)

Responding officers quickly determined that Stephanie, 29, had been shot in the head. A gun was found in the master bedroom of the couple's home, near her partially clothed body. Her husband was arrested at the scene.

Investigators are trying to piece together why the suspect would allegedly murder his wife, according to Click2Houston.com. No motive has been released.

"We only know what we were told, and we were told very little. He [Daniel] didn't provide a statement," Sgt. Russell Terry of the Missouri City police told KHOU.

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Stephanie worked a special needs teacher at the Monarch School in Spring Branch, and was also an actress who performed with several local theater companies.

The Monarch School released a statement on Thursday:

Stephanie Politte was a brilliant, loving, talented individual who made a difference in the lives of many children and families. This is a huge loss for our community and we are keeping her family in our thoughts and prayers.

Residents of the quiet Missouri City neighborhood said they were shocked to learn of the fatal shooting.

"It's completely shocking. I just was home all day, and didn't hear or see anything," neighbor Susan Prins told Click2Houston.com.

Daniel Politte, who is charged with murder and non-negligent homicide, was released Wednesday on $125,000 surety bond. He won't have to pay the bond unless he fails to appear at a scheduled court hearing, according to YourHoustonNews.com.

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