Deputies said a dispute lead up to the shooting.
“All I saw was the police officer aiming his rifle toward someone and saying ‘drop your weapons,’ and then afterward another gunshot,” explained neighbor Sabeeh Siddiqui. “Soon after that there were a lot of police cars that came.”
Another neighbor, who said she was close to the family, told abc13 the couple had recently reunited after being separated. She said the shooting happened on Jason’s birthday.
Friends of the two young women are struggling to come to terms with the shooting.
“She was just such a sweet girl. She had tons of friends, me and him both. I just can’t believe it happened,” said a visibly stunned Matthew Wiley about Taylor.
Madison was set to be a senior at Seven Lakes High School this fall.
“She seemed like a nice person. I talked to her a few times,” neighbor Faaiz Siddiqui said. “Especially Taylor. She babysat us a few times and my brother got tutor lessons from her. All I can say is they are nice people. There’s nothing wrong with them.”
Madison’s close friend, who wanted to stay anonymous, told Eyewitness News that Madison was nice to everyone.
“Madison brought nothing but happiness to everyone she ever met. She was nice to everyone and she wouldn’t have harmed a fly,” the friend said.
Alick Arnold grew up not far from the Sheats home and said he was a family friend.
“He (Jason) loved his daughters. They were like best friends for sure,” he added. “It crushed him. I know it’s hard for the family.”