The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.
The two Covington residents, Alicia Ruby Richards and Norman Alphonso Richards were found dead at 10112 Wellington Ridge.
According to a release from CPD, investigators determined the incident to be a murder-suicide.
“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,” CPD Capt. Craig Treadwell said in the release.
Alicia Richards and Norman Richards were divorced, according to Treadwell, living at 10112 Wellington Ridge and 10330 Magnolia Heights Drive, respectively.
The couple had returned from one of their two daughters' fifth grade graduation when Norman Richards grew angry with Alicia Richards for punishing one of the girls by taking away her cell phone, which he had paid for.
The fight escalated and Norman Richards shot his ex wife in front of their two young daughters. According to witnesses, Norman Richards had been behaving strangely before the incident.
Treadwell said CPD had responded to the address on many occasions for domestic violence related calls. The children have been placed with a relative pending a final decision by authorities.