During a domestic dispute, a Fort Bragg soldier shot his wife to death before turning the gun on himself, all in front of their 3-year-old daughter.
According to the Fayetteville Police Department, Staff Sgt. Keith Lewis, a 31-year-old member of the Army Special Operations Command stationed at Fort Bragg, shot his 34-year-old wife, Sarah Lewis. Sarah had four children and was due to give birth to another on Christmas day.
“It’s a complete shock. It’s like a horror movie,” Tammy De Mirza, Sarah Lewis’ aunt, told WRAL. “She had a smile that would light up the room, I can’t explain it. She was vivacious and fun and lighthearted and easygoing and really head and heart to be of service.”
De Mirza also said that the 34-year-old was in the military until she gave birth to her first child and had since become a paramedic. According to De Mirza, Keith was Sarah’s second husband and had previously threatened her life multiple times. Police confirmed that officers had responded to a 2016 domestic dispute call involving Keith, but he was never charged.
Court records in Cumberland County show that Keith was charged with a misdemeanor in 2016 for pointing a gun at his wife. However, Sarah requested that the charges be dismissed.
Emilia River, the couple’s neighbor, heard gunshots coming from the Lewis house. She called police.
“We heard the gunshots. Immediately [my boyfriend] was like, ‘You know someone just died. You don’t shoot that many gunshots and not try to kill somebody,'” River said.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Sarah Lewis with multiple gunshot wounds.
The couple’s three-year-old daughter is staying with other family members. It wasn’t immediately clear where the other children were staying.