Texas woman murdered by ex-boyfriend days before she was due to compete in gruelling Ironman Triathlon
49-year-old Emily Law was murdered just days after she had filed an emergency protective order against 46-year-old James Freeman, who was shot dead by police
A Texas woman who was training to compete in her first triathlon was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend, just a few days after she had filed an emergency protective order against him.
Forty nine-year-old Emily "Susan" Law was in training to compete in the Ironman Triathlon that was held on April 27 in Houston, but was allegedly murdered by 46-year-old James Freeman in her kitchen five days before the race.
Watauga Police Chief Robert Parker told PEOPLE that Freeman was fatally shot by the authorities after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at them at Law's home in the Fort Worth suburb of Watauga on April 22.
The authorities have yet to confirm Law's cause of death.
Parker said: "We still have an ongoing investigation. We want to not only make sure we have the right person but that there are not any other issues involved."
The police chief, however, said: "We do believe [Freeman] is a suspect in the homicide and we do believe he is responsible for it." Parker added that Freeman had a criminal history.
Law's 25-year-old son, Kae Law, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that his mother had been excited to compete in all four Texas Ironman triathlons this year. He also said that she had been hoping to compete in the races before her 50th birthday in September.
According to the publication, Kae said: "She may not have gotten to finish and hear: 'Susan, you are an Ironman' but she’s my Ironman."
The devastated son also said that his mother and Freeman had split up and that he went to her home on Monday after he couldn't reach her on the phone. Once he got to his mother's home, he told the paper that he found Freeman "passed out" on the couch and that he let the authorities inside the home seconds before he heard gunfire.
He said: "I wanted to get in there and get to my mom because I knew she was hurt, but I couldn’t. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with."
According to Parker, Freeman had been arrested five days before the murder on a family violence assault charge. Law had filed an emergency protective order that banned her ex-boyfriend from going anywhere near her office or her home after he allegedly attempted to strangle her.
Parker also said that Freeman was released on bail.
Kae told the Dallas Morning News that friends and family had offered her a place to stay after she got the protective order but she had declined because she wanted to stick to her strict Triathlon training.
He said: "She was so determined, so determined. She was going to be an Ironman."