Police believe Texas mom fatally shot son, self

By the Associated Press | October 24, 2011 | 6:45 PM EDT

SACHSE, Texas (AP) — Police say they believe a suburban Dallas mother fatally shot her 7-year-old son and then killed herself as police waited outside with her estranged husband, who was there to pick up the child after receiving court-ordered custody.

Sachse police say the father had been given sole custody of the boy after an acrimonious divorce. Police Chief Dennis Veach told The Dallas Morning News that a "third party" had asked police to be present at the transfer.

Police said officers outside the house around 11 a.m. Friday heard three shots inside. They forcibly entered and found the 43-year-old woman and the boy dead. Police said it appears she shot the child, then herself.

Authorities in Sachse, northeast of Dallas, did not identify those involved. Collin County's medical examiner was conducting autopsies.