By Aisha I. Jefferson
Katrina Jordan's children were spared the horror of seeing their mother gunned down because she took them to a safe place prior to her death at her Stockbridge home early Wednesday morning, authorities said.
"It did appear to be an ongoing domestic dispute throughout the evening," Henry County Police Maj. Keith Nichols said, adding that Jordan left her home earlier to take her two daughters to a relative in DeKalb County.
"The children were not at the residence at the time of the incident and they are safe now with relatives," Henry County Police Lt. Jason Bolton said.
Law enforcement agents nationwide were still looking for Jordan's boyfriend, Omar Lashley, 34, Thursday night. He is wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting death of Jordan, 32. Lashley also uses the alias Omal Lashley, according to a Henry County Police wanted flier.
Jordan's stepfather, whose name has not been released, saw the killing and is the one who called 911, Nichols said.
Lashley and Jordan were arguing around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday at their home when the shooting occurred, according to Henry County Police.
Nichols said the investigation of Jordan's death has revealed that it "was not unusual" for the couple to argue.
"(Jordan) had her stepfather to accompany her back over to the house," he said. "(It was) an effort for her to have somebody provide security for her."
Nichols said he believes Jordan was trying to get Lashley to leave the house.
"The best indication we have is that they came with some type of agreement that she and the stepfather were going to drop him off somewhere outside of the county," Nichols said.
Because the incident took place outside the house, Nichols said Henry County Police have not been issued a search warrant for the home. "We don't have enough probable cause to get a search warrant and get into the house," he said.
Neighbors said the couple only lived at their home for three or four months. Nichols said Lashley and Jordan moved to Stockbridge from DeKalb County.
Lashley either worked for or owns an auto paint and body shop on Covington Highway in DeKalb County, Nichols said.
Nichols said Lashley does not have any prior arrests in Henry County.
Jordan's death marked Henry County's first homicide of the year and the third in the past six months, Bolton said.
Lashley is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 210 pounds with two gold front teeth. Bolton said Lashley should be considered armed and dangerous.
Wednesday, DeKalb County Police found the dark green 1992 Infiniti Q45 Lashley drove off with inside a parking lot at A-Action Safemasters Lock & Key shop on Glenwood Road in Decatur.
Nichols said witnesses saw Lashley abandon the car, which belonged to Jordan.
"We're still a little unsure about how he actually got away," Nichols said.
Anyone with information about Lashley should call the Henry County Police Detective Division at (770) 954-2485 or the Henry County 911 Center at night or on weekends, at (770) 957-9121.