LOGAN, Ohio (WCMH) — A Hocking County woman is dead after her estranged husband shot and killed her, then turned the gun on himself.
Natalie Nutter, 34, was taken from her home in front of her seven-year-old son by her estranged husband, Kevin Nutter, 34, Monday morning.
Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North said he really feels for the child, who witnessed part of the deadly domestic violence situation. He said the boy watched his mother get kidnapped in her home. The child then ran for help to a nearby relative who called 911.
“Her seven-year-old son just knocked on my door. The husband, she’s got a restraining order against him, grabbed her and took her and put her in the car,” the caller said.
It was a race against time.
“Do you have any idea what kind of vehicle he has,” the 911 dispatcher asked.
“He drives a, I don’t know what he was driving. I don’t have any idea,” the caller responded.
A relative of Natalie Nutter called police after her son ran to his house.
The young boy told the relative that his mom’s estranged husband, Kevin Nutter, just kidnapped her.
Police said that once they arrived at Natalie’s home, the address she was taken from, they saw Kevin driving with Natalie in his pickup truck.
Police said they followed the truck into a driveway less than half a mile from Natalie’s home.
“As they pulled behind it, they got out to tell him the commands to come out of the truck, they heard two gunshots,” North said.
Bodycam footage shows the moments just before Kevin shot and killed Natalie, then killed himself. Soon after, you see an officer draw his gun before going to check the truck, where both were dead.
North said the department was familiar with the couple and the ongoing situation between Natalie and Kevin.
“We’ve had several reports from her that she’s been harassed by him,” he said.
North said his office filed a protection order against Kevin on behalf of Natalie after he sent “threatening text messages” to her, a protection order he violated.
Kevin pleaded guilty to violating the protection order but only spent two days in jail out of the 30 days that were recommended, according to court filings.
As a condition of his probation, he was not supposed to have contact with his estranged wife.
North said law enforcement did all they could to prevent this.
“If you break the protection order, we can arrest that person just on the victim’s say so that it occurred, but in this case, by the time we knew about it, it was too late,” North said.
The sheriff added that if you’re in a domestic violence situation or know someone who is, you should not hesitate to call the police because that will give the victim time to be separated from the abuser.
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, click here for a list of organizations around Ohio that can help, or call the Ohio Domestic Violence Network hotline at 800-934-9840.