FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A Faulkner County family is grieving Wednesday after a son is fatally wounded right outside his home with three children inside. So far, authorities have arrested the ex-husband of the victim's wife.
The latest is that the ex-husband, 31-year-old Clayton Monsees, is in custody in Faulkner County. Authorities nabbed him Wednesday afternoon after he reportedly came to the victim's home late last night. Somehow a fight ensued, ending with a shooting and stabbing.
The grief is still sinking in for this Faulkner County family after a deadly shooting and stabbing at this Faulkner County home late Tuesday night. The victim's mother, Mary Bowie, said her 27-year-old son Billy Joe Ewing came to her house next door for help.
"When I got in there my son B.J. was laid back in the recliner, he said Mama, Amanda's ex-husband shot me and stabbed me," Bowie said.
Bowie did what she could until the ambulance arrived.
"Got his shirt off, washed him up and the stab wound on his shoulder, trying to keep him from bleeding," Bowie said.
It's a mother in agony over a story putting 31-year old Clayton Monsees behind bars. Faulkner County Major Andy Shock confirmed that Monsees is the ex-husband of Ewing's wife, and was at Ewing's home when he returned from work Tuesday night when things unraveled.
"He did advise our deputies and also our investigator on scene that his wife's ex-husband was the one that shot and stabbed him," Major Shock said.
Shock says that's about all they could get from Ewing after the incident. But his wife told deputies that she heard him come home and then a gunshot. She said she looked out a window and saw the fight with a knife in her husband's shoulder. But she stayed inside with her kids and made no calls for help.
"It would have been feasible to call 911," Major Shock said.
"But we don't know why she didn't?" THV's Max Seigle said.
"We don't why she didn't call 911," Major Shock said.
It's one of several lingering questions about this case with a motive still unclear from authorities and family.
"I didn't know him, I never met him, never knew he was there," Bowie said.
It's leaving mystery and tragedy behind.
Ultimately it was Ewing's mother who called 911 for help in this case.
Shock says they have interviewed Ewing's wife. And when we asked him if she explained why the ex-husband was at the home in the first place, he told us that he couldn't get into that. And he expects more information on a lot of the missing pieces to surface in the coming days.
As for Ewing, his mom said he had two young girls with his current wife. She said he was a dedicated Dad and a hard worker at the printing press with the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway.