Amber Stitt, 30, was shot by her husband Kevin Stitt, 30, as she was walking near the intersection of Franklin and Center Cross Streets, the Indianapolis Star reports. Witnesses told police that Amber Stitt was walking towards this intersection when Kevin Stitt pulled up on a motor scooter and shot her with a .380-caliber handgun and then shot himself. He died at the scene, and she died soon after she arrived at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Court records indicate that she had filed for a protective order just hours before the shooting. This protective order was not the first one filed by Amber Stitt. The Indianapolis Star showed that she had filed one earlier in the month but declined to press charges after her husband threatened to kill her.
Their 15-year relationship was one of violence and has been described as volatile. Amber and Kevin Stitt met when they were 15 years old and shared a son, age 15.
“They separated numerous times, but they got back together,” Charles Burton, Amber Stitt’s uncle, told the Indianapolis Star. Before the incident, they had separated:: Amber Stitt lived in Edinburgh, while Kevin Stitt has an address listed in North Vernon.
Kevin Stitt was arrested in January 2007 on charges of criminal recklessness after discharging a shotgun in the air at the place of his wife's employment, police stated. In August 2010, he was arrested and charged with battery resulting in injury, the victim being Amber Stitt. Court records show that in both cases he either pleaded down resulting in probation or a suspended sentence.
Earlier in the month, on August 12, police were called out to Amber Stitt's house in Edinburgh to arrest Kevin Stitt on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. According to the probable cause affidavit given to the Indianapolis Star, Amber Stitt told police that her husband choked her saying "he was going to shoot and kill her and then kill himself." Amber Stitt declined to press charges.
“Truthfully, I bet Amber thought (Kevin Stitt) was bluffing about killing her,” Burton said.