SOUTH BEND, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – A man was shot by police after suspicion of killing his 6-year-old daughter early Sunday morning.
Edward Mwaura was accused of fatally stabbing his 6 year old daughter just after 5 a.m. in South Bend's Irish Hills apartment complex. Initially, Metro Homicide says they were called to the scene for a domestic fight.
Officers found an adult female in the parking lot covered in blood. She told police that her daughter was inside the apartment with Edward.
"Officers tried to call the suspect out by name several times to get him to come out of the apartment, at which point they heard a young girl screaming inside," Lt. Dave Wells, assistant commander of the Metro Homicide Unit told WNDU. "Officers, fearing for the safety of that child and others who may have been in the apartment, they forced entry kicking in the door to apartment 1B."
Police say Mwaura was on top of his 6-year-old daughter, stabbing her repeatedly. Police were forced to fire at Mwaura in order to stop him.
The daughter was pronounced dead later that night.
"It makes it more difficult, especially when many of the officers have young children," Wells said. "Any case we get down here is a tragedy and it's difficult to deal with, but when you're dealing with children who become victims of homicide, any kind of abuse, you have to stay focused."
Wells says the 6-year-old's mother suffered several lacerations and stab wounds, but is expected to survive.
The apartment building remains blocked off while four crime scene technicians continue to gather evidence.
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