CHALMETTE, La. — Authorities say an ax-wielding man attacked his ex-wife in front of her home as she was leaving for work, killing her.

Deputy Chief John Doran of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office told reporters it happened Wednesday morning in Chalmette, a New Orleans suburb, at the home 48-year-old Kimberly Owens shared with her mother.

Deputies responding to a call about the attack found Owens, fatally injured.

The suspect, 56-year-old Mark Owens, had run away but later turned himself in. He was being held at the St. Bernard Parish jail, facing a second-degree murder charge.

Sheriff James Pohlman said Kimberly Owens had obtained a restraining order against Mark Owens.

Information on the suspect’s attorney was not immediately available.

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