Woman charged in shooting death of fiancé

Woman charged in the shooting death of her fiance. (TCSO Photo)
Woman charged in the shooting death of her fiance. (TCSO Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman has been arrested after the Travis County Sheriff’s Office says she shot and killed her fiancé over what appears to be an argument stemming from unpaid bills.

Authorities received a call at 4:19 a.m. Sunday from a woman requesting an ambulance in the 4800 block of Doss Road in the Hudson Bend near Lake Travis. Deputies say when they arrived at the home, they found 37-year-old Bradley Cole Sullivan lying on the living room floor.

“When our deputies arrived on scene, they discovered a male victim who was unconscious at the time. Austin-Travis County EMS in the course of rendering aid to him discovered that he had a gunshot wound,” said Kristen Dark with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Sullivan later died at the hospital. His fiancée, 48-year-old Charity Sunshine Ellis, was later arrested and charged with his murder. She is currently in the Travis County Jail on a $400,000 bond.

According to an affidavit, a 15-year-old who was home at the time told police “She shot him,” and Ellis also told them “I shot him.” She also allegedly motioned deputies to a nearby fire pit where the .22 revolver was. When she went to be interviewed, deputies found rounds of ammunition in her pocket. She allegedly told deputies “There you go. The ones I didn’t shoot him with.”

Police say the 15-year-old woke up around 3 a.m. because Ellis and Sullivan were arguing, allegedly because Sullivan did not pay a utility bill. The teen heard gunshots outside the residence, then an hour later heard more shooting and heard Sullivan say he had been shot.

Most of the properties along Doss Road are commercial, but the few neighbors KXAN talked to off camera didn’t know very much about the couple. They told us the couple hadn’t been here long.

This is the 11th murder Travis County Sheriff deputies have investigated for 2017.

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