LEANDER, Texas – A 911 dispatcher in Texas was fatally stabbed by her 19-year-old son during a domestic dispute, authorities said.
Rowena Speight, 53, who had served as a telecommunications officer for the Leander Police Department since 2016, was killed early Wednesday morning, KVUE reported.
Leander is located about 30 miles north of Austin.
According to police, Speight’s son, Miles Speight, ran away from the family’s home after the 2:43 a.m. CDT incident, KXAN reported. The man has been charged with murder, the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth reported.
Police said they found a possible murder weapon at the scene, according to KXAN.
Miles Speight was taken into custody at about 7:05 a.m. CDT in Cedar Park, the Star-Telegram reported.
In a Facebook post, the Leander Police Department called Rowena Speight’s death “one of the hardest days for our department” and a “tragic loss.”
“She will always be remembered for her bold spirit, her love of the Lord, and her passion to serve others,” the police department posted on Facebook. “Rowena will be sincerely missed because her smile was infectious and her company always welcome.”
Authorities have not released a motive for the killing.