Police: Alexandria woman kills husband in Walmart parking lot

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KNOE) - An Alexandria woman is behind bars after police say she shot her husband in a Walmart parking lot in front of their three kids.

Kayla Coutee - Courtesy: APD

Thirty-one-year-old Kayla Coutee is accused of killing her 30-year-old husband, Thomas Coutee Jr.

Police say they found him lying on the ground with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Police say the suspect was meeting the victim to exchange child custody.

Alexandria Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at Walmart on Coliseum Blvd. around 11:15 a.m. Saturday morning, September 8th.

The shooting happened in the outer section of the parking lot, with few other cars around. Emergency personnel responded and attempted to resuscitate the man, but were unable to. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coutee was transported to APD headquarters for an interview. There were three children present at the time of the shooting; none were injured.

All three children were also taken to APD, where the Department of Children and Family Services picked them up.

The children were released to the custody of family members. Coutee has been charged with second-degree murder. She was transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center.