Investigators say the shooting ended a history of domestic violence between the couple.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to experts about options for victims of domestic violence who can’t fight back.
Kenner Police were still collecting evidence late Tuesday morning, after a night long investigation.
They were called to the 2400 block of Kentucky Avenue for a domestic-related disturbance.
When officers arrived they found 38-year old Lyndell Desilva had been shot multiple times. His wife Melissa was frantic.
“She was trying to render aid to her husband. She says she didn’t mean for this to happen. She feared for her life, as well as her children,” Kenner Police Sgt. Brian McGregor said.
The children, ages 4 to 14, reportedly dialed 911 around 2:30 a.m.; when their father allegedly showed up armed with a gun.
An argument turned physical, and then came the gunfire.
“She wound up firing her own weapon, shooting him multiple times. He was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” McGregor said.
Kenner Police say there was no history of domestic violence at the home. That’s because family members say it went unreported.
“We always recommend that they call the police. I mean sometimes when we respond it doesn’t always mean someone’s going to be arrested,” McGregor said.
“There are many reasons why people don’t call the police,” Rebecca Rainer said.
Rainer is Program Director for Metropolitan Center for Women & Children; an emergency domestic violence shelter.
She says intervention, harm reduction, and safety planning should be considered when problems at home spiral out of control.
It could mean the difference between life and death.
“Document things if you’re not going to call the police. Try to keep documentation of incidents and things like that,” Rainer said.
“I mean we all have been involved in altercations, verbal altercations with our spouse and so forth. Not always do you call the police; but it’s starting to escalate, when you’re going physical with the individual or they’re out of control, it’s best to just give us a call,” McGregor said.
Kenner police have turned the case over to the District Attorney’s office for review.
No charges have been filed against the victims’ estranged wife.
The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children have emergency domestic violence shelter’s throughout the metro area. For more information about services, call the 24-hour crisis hotline (504) 837-5400.