A DAD’S chilling phone call to his wife moments before he allegedly shot his 14-year-old daughter has been revealed.
Christopher Wood, 51, allegedly called his estranged wife, Heather, on Thursday night before he shot their daughter and then himself.
“This is how it ends for us,” Christopher reportedly told his estranged wife Heather on the phone, CNY Central reports.
She notified police after their daughter, Ava, failed to show up to school on Friday.
Heather also reportedly told the 911 dispatcher when requesting a welfare check on Friday morning that her estranged husband had been depressed recently.
Police in the upstate New York town of Baldwinsville discovered Ava in her bed with a gunshot to the head.
Christopher was found in a different room with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
The father legally owned the shotgun that was reportedly used in the shooting, according to CNY Central.
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.
In a press conference, Onondaga County Sheriff Toby Shelley revealed that Christopher had a history of domestic abuse.
One incident occurred in March 2022 and the other was just days before the alleged murder-suicide.
Shelley said one incident was a stalking-related and the other was allegedly an aggravated harassment incident.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s department told CNY Central that Christopher was never arrested because “there were zero red flags of violence.”
Deputies are still investigating the harassment incident, which involved threatening text messages that Heather received, according to the outlet.
“It’s difficult, to say the least, it’s not an easy scene for either of us to witness, both the sheriff and I have been in law enforcement for a long time and to have to walk through a scene like that is not an easy thing to do,” said Baldwinsville Police Chief Michael Lefancheck.
Ava was a freshman at at Durgee Junior High School where she was an honor roll student and athlete.
News of her death was shared with students by Baldwinsville Acting Superintendent Joseph DeBarberi.
“It’s important to allow children to talk about their grief experiences and what they need during this tragic time. Counselors urge you to listen to your child’s concerns and questions,” the statement reads in part.
“We are a close-knit school community and our hearts are broken by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with Ava’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.
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