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Hours before she was shot and killed, Amber Stitt asked for a protective order against her estranged husband.
Two weeks earlier, he had told her he was going to shoot her and then kill himself. And on Monday, Kevin Stitt carried out his threat on a street in Edinburgh.
She was walking. He was riding his scooter. What, if anything, prompted him to shoot her Monday night was unknown.
Amber Stitt, 30, and Kevin Stitt, 30, both of Edinburgh, had been married about six years but separated and were living in different homes. Witnesses told police Kevin Stitt approached Amber Stitt on his mo-ped while she was walking along an Edinburgh street. He got off the mo-ped, took a gun from under his seat and shot her at close range. He then shot himself in the head, Edinburgh Police Chief David Mann said.
Amber Stitt had called police twice this month and recently had barricaded herself in her bathroom when he showed up at her home. Both times she told police she didn’t want Kevin Stitt to get into trouble or to pursue criminal charges against him, according to the police reports.
On Monday, she had gone to the county courthouse and filed for a protective order against Kevin Stitt, saying he had stalked her, threatened her and threatened to kill her with a gun he had.
Earlier this month, Amber Stitt had asked police to tell Kevin Stitt to stay away from her home and workplace at an Edinburgh factory while she worked on getting a protective order. Police also sent extra officers to patrol her home and workplace after Kevin Stitt threatened to shoot her and then kill himself Aug. 12, according to a police report.
About 7 p.m. Monday, multiple people called police and said shots had been fired at Center Cross and Franklin streets. One person heard a woman yell, Mann said.
Police don’t believe the two had been together that day. Officers had talked with Kevin Stitt earlier Monday on an issue involving a child, and court records show Amber Stitt had filed paperwork to get a protective order against Kevin Stitt that day.
That night, Amber Stitt was walking down the street a few blocks from her home, possibly wearing headphones and listening to music, when Kevin Stitt drove up on his mo-ped, Mann said. Police found ear buds and a phone nearby, he said.
Officers found the two lying on the ground. Kevin Stitt was pronounced dead at the scene. Amber Stitt was taken in an ambulance to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where she died, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said.
Police are not sure how many shots were fired or how many times Amber Stitt was shot. Autopsies on both were planned Tuesday, but no results were available that afternoon, Mann said.
“This is just a sad incident,” Mann said.
Police had received calls involving the couple before. Kevin Stitt had once told police that he would do anything for Amber Stitt, no matter what it was, according to a police report.
In January 2007, he was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after he fired a shotgun inside a fast-food restaurant where Amber Burton was working, Mann said. Later that year, the two filed for a marriage license, according to court records.
In 2010, Kevin Stitt was arrested on a charge of domestic battery after multiple witnesses told police he punched Amber Stitt during an argument at an Edinburgh bar.
A few months later, he was arrested on another battery charge when a man who had given Amber Stitt a ride home said Kevin Stitt had punched him in the face, according to police reports. Kevin Stitt pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to probation, court records show.
In the weeks leading up to the shooting, she had called police twice about Kevin Stitt, and he called police once when he was returning a vehicle to her home, according to police reports.
On Aug. 9, she told police Kevin Stitt had called her 85 times that day. She didn’t want him to get into trouble but wanted the calls to stop. Police tried to call Kevin Stitt, but he did not answer. They also sent extra officers to patrol the area around
her home and work, according to the report.
Two weeks before the shooting, on Aug. 12, Amber Stitt went to the Edinburgh police station to report that Kevin Stitt told her he was going to shoot and kill her then kill himself.
She did not want police to pursue charges against him but wanted a protective order that would keep him away from her, according to a police report.
An officer told her how to get the order.
That same day, Amber Stitt called police when Kevin Stitt came to her home and was looking in the windows and knocking on the door. She told police she was scared of him and had barricaded herself in the bathroom. She wanted officers to tell him to stay away from her home and workplace until she got the protective order, the report said.
When police arrived, Kevin Stitt was across the street, and he yelled and screamed at the officer and said, “I will shoot myself, you will see.” He wouldn’t stop yelling and would not cooperate when police tried to put him in handcuffs. He was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct and resisting police, court records show.
Amber Stitt did not want charges filed in the case and instead wanted to get a protective order, Mann said. Officers took the action they could at the time by arresting him and getting him away from Amber Stitt, Mann said.
On Aug. 20, Kevin Stitt and Kimberly Begley had both filed protective orders against Amber Stitt, saying she had threatened them. When Amber Stitt filed for the protective order against Kevin Stitt on Monday, she also filed for an order against Begley, saying the woman had driven around her home with a gun, and that Begley and Kevin Stitt were trying to kill her, according to court records.
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