Police: domestic violence led to Hurst woman's death

Police say a woman who was afraid of her estranged husband and who was trying to do something to protect herself was killed Friday in her Hurst apartment.

Hurst officers were called to the apartment in the 700 block of E. Pecan for a welfare check after it appeared someone forced their way inside.

Hurst police say the victim's husband broke into the apartment sometime early Friday morning and cut her throat -- the very outcome that police say she was trying to escape when she moved from Haltom City to Hurst a few weeks ago.

"I'm pretty confident there was an emergency protective order in place at the time, and actually, the victim was on her way to meet with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office and other personnel to have a permanent protective order put into place, and that was the appointment she did not show up for today," said Assistant Chief Richard Winstanley with the Hurst Police Department.

Investigators say they had probable cause to arrest the husband and began talking with him at his house in Haltom City. At the same time, a judge was signing the arrest warrant.

The moment it was signed, they took him into custody.

For a brief time, Nathan Howell Elementary School was placed on lockdown while Hurst police questioned the husband.

However, the lockdown was lifted and students were released at their regular time.

The woman has a disabled adult son. He was not in the apartment when his mother was killed and is safe with relatives.

The victim has only been identified as a 43-year-old woman.

The suspect remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.

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