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Win Min Htut faces homicide charges in shooting of wife, Thida Myint

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:52:08 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 18 2013 01:06:34 PM CST
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Shooting scene in 300 block of Central Park Avenue in west Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man has been charged with fatally shooting his wife in front of their three children.

Win Min Htut was charged with criminal homicide, burglary and criminal trespassing after police said he fatally shot his wife, Thida Myint, Tuesday afternoon near their home in the 300 block of Central Park Avenue in Bethlehem.

Authorities learned of the shooting around 3:45 p.m. when a 16-year-old girl called 911 saying her mother had been shot, said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

Myint died at the scene of a gunshot wound, said the Lehigh County coroner, who ruled her death a homicide.

After the shooting, officials said Htut grabbed his 3-year-old daughter and flagged down a driver, who took the pair to the 7-Eleven on Union Boulevard in Allentown. The two were found there a short time later.

A protection from abuse order was issued against Htut last month, and he was evicted from the family's residence.

The couple has 3- and 16-year-old daughters and a 10-year-old son.

Htut was committed to the Lehigh County Prison without bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Dec. 24 at 10:15 a.m.