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article imageWife sought lock change hours before death by abusive NYPD hubby

By Shawn Kay     Jun 10, 2013 in Crime
A woman trapped in an abusive marriage contacted a locksmith to have her front-door locks changed hours before her husband, an NYPD officer, gunned her down on a suburban Queens street.
Just hours after calling a locksmith to have her front-door locks changed, Lana Morris, 36, was shot to death by her husband, Sherlon Smikle, 33, a New York City police officer, outside of her Camden Blvd. home in St. Albans, Queens this past Wednesday.
The New York Post reported on Friday that Morris, who is employed as an NYPD school-safety agent, contacted Paragon Security and Locksmith the day of her murder, asking for the two locks on the front-door of her house to be changed.
Morris already had a restraining order against Smikle but apparently sought additional protection. The doomed wife contacted Safe Horizon, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in the New York metro area, which recommended Pargon.
At around 7:35 p.m., just hours after having made the call to the locksmith, Smikle, who was off-duty at that time, appeared at the house armed with a shotgun. Smikle chased Morris down the block before finally catching up to his wife and blasting her four times with the shotgun. The disgruntled police officer then returned to Morris' home where he shot himself dead.
Officials rushed Morris to Queens General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
According to the NY Post, varied sources report a long history of domestic violence and note that police had been called to the house twice in the past month alone.
As punishment for the spousal abuse, the NYPD took away Smikle's police-issued 9mm handgun as well as a Sig-Sauer 9mm handgun that was privately owned by the officer.
The NYPD is unsure as to where Smikle obtained the shotgun used in the horrific murder-suicide.
The couple were reportedly in the process of getting a divorce with Smikle having served the legal papers to Morris in March.
The New York Daily News informs that Smikle was an eight year veteran of the police force and was assigned to Police Service Area 2 (PSA 2) of the NYPD's Housing Bureau in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville.
Prior to being assigned to PSA 2, the troubled officer had served in the NYPD's 83rd Precinct, which is also located in Brooklyn. However, after a major dustup with a sergeant in 2008, Smikle was transferred to the Housing Bureau.
The couple have an eight year-old daughter. The child was not home at the time of the murder-suicide.
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