A mother of two “with history of family violence” killed her nine-year-old daughter before turning the gun on herself during a standoff with SWAT.
On Monday, police responded to a domestic violence call at the 500 block of Highcrest Drive in Red Bird, Dallas around 12.30am where they found a man who said he had been in an argument with his wife.
The man said he escaped the home when his wife, 34-year-old Alexica Stevenson-Gates, started shooting and ‘chased him out of the house’, barricading herself inside with her nine-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, Dallas police say.
Dallas SWAT officers surrounded the home through the morning hours as police blocked off streets in the area. Shortly before 3 a.m. one of the children — a 12-year-old boy — was able to escape unharmed.
According to police, the standoff continued for several more hours until SWAT officers attempted to break their way into the home. The woman opened fire on the officers, grazing one in his arm, police said. Officers retreated without returning fire and repositioned outside the home.
Officers entered again around 9:05 am and found the woman and her daughter Miloni Metoyer dead. According to the Dallas Morning News, Stevenson-Gate fatally shot the girl before turning the gun on herself.
The girl’s father, Noland Metoyer, who is not the same man as Stevenson-Gates’ husband, has been left heartbroken by the death of his daughter.
“I just can’t believe it,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “I don’t even want to think about the last thing Miloni was thinking.”
‘Miloni was always happy to see me, and she always smiled. Some days I’d talk to her for a little while and she’d be playing with her toys, and I’d just let her play with her toys,’ he said.
Metoyer told the publication that Stevenson-Gates had longstanding issues with family violence.
He also paid tribute to his young daughter in a touching Facebook post saying: ‘R.I.P. to my beautiful daughter Miloni Metoyer…12/06/10 to 5/18/20…. Thank you for the best years of my life.’
In 2014, she was charged with assault causing injury to a family member after a physical fight with a boyfriend, court records show, The Dallas Morning News reports.
The following year, she was required to attend anger management classes after being charged with assault, court records show.