It was a chilling call by a child that alerted Bethlehem police that a city man killed his wife on Tuesday, according to court records.
One of Win Min Htut and Thida Myint’s children called 911 about 3:45 p.m. and said, “My dad shot my mom and took my 3-year-old sister,” according to court records.
A witness told city police that Htut came that afternoon to the couple’s house in the 300 block of Central Park Avenue. Within minutes of entering the house, the witness said, Htut chased his wife and three children out, knocked down his wife and took a small child, records say. Htut was then seen throwing a gun before fleeing with the child, records say.
Police said Myint was found in the street with a gunshot to her head and that all three children witnessed the killing. Police found the gun in a storm drain near the house, records say.
Htut was found with the small child at a nearby 7-11 store at Club Avenue and Union Boulevard, where he was arrested, records say. Htut confessed to shooting his wife, police said.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office confirmed during an autopsy Myint died as a result of the gunshot wound.
Htut is being held in Lehigh County Prison without bail on charges of homicide, burglary and trespassing. The children are in the custody of the Lehigh County Department of Children and Youth, authorities said.
The killing occurred on the same day that Myint was granted a final PFA in Lehigh County against her husband.
A Lehigh County judge issued a six-month protection from abuse order barring a Bethlehem man from seeing his wife and three children just hours before he allegedly gunned his wife down in the street in front of their home, according to published reports.