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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas man's refusal to grant his wife a divorce led him to shoot her and her new boyfriend in the home they once shared with five children, according to Metro police.
A report released Monday details the July 27 shootings of 29-year-old Echo Lucas and 28-year-old Joseph Averman at a house on Altamira Road, near Buffalo and Alta drives.
The couple was found by police after one of Lucas' children ran to a neighbor's home for help. Lucas was pronounced dead at University Medical Center, while Averman was treated for gunshot wounds to his right arm and right side.
Later that evening, authorities in Yavapai County, Ariz. arrested Lucas' estranged husband, 44-year-old Troy White. According to the report, White turned himself in, saying "he was wanted in Las Vegas for shooting someone."
When questioned by detectives, Averman said Lucas had been trying to divorce White following a troubled and sometimes violent eight-year marriage.
Although White no longer lived at the Altamira house, he would still visit to take care of the children, according to Averman.
White and Lucas had three children, and she had two with another man.
According to Averman, White had previously threatened his life, but he didn't believe he was serious.
On the day of the shooting, Averman said White arrived at the house demanding to speak with Lucas. The two went into a back room while Averman took care of an infant, but he said he heard Lucas shouting at White and went to check on what was happening.
"Averman opened the door and saw White shove Echo and shoot her once in the chest or stomach," according to the report. "White then turned and shot Averman."
As he lay on the floor bleeding, Averman said White told him "he was going to jail and he was going to kill him."
"He also asked Averman, "How does it feel now?" according to the report.
White is charged with murder, attempted murder and burglary.
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