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PD: Mother of 3 fatally shot by boyfriend in south Phoenix home

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-12 10:33:27-04

PHOENIX — Police say a mother of three was fatally shot by her boyfriend at a south Phoenix home last week.

Just before 11 a.m. Friday, officers responded to a home near 59th Avenue and Broadway Road for a report of unknown trouble.

Officers learned a family member came to the home and found a woman, later identified as 41-year-old Sheronda Dyer, inside "with obvious signs of trauma," police said.

Court documents said Dyer's son told authorities he was dropped off at school that morning by his mother. He said that Dyer's boyfriend and father of their 3-year-old girl, 35-year-old Eddie Lauderdale, was doing laundry before they left.

A neighbor of Dyer's claimed they saw a man matching Lauderdale's description in the home's garage and heard gunshots from the area when Dyer returned.

Investigators later found Dyer's cell phone along with shell casings next to a bus stop near 43rd Avenue and Van Buren Street.

On September 4, Phoenix police located Lauderdale at a home near 19th and Glendale avenues where he turned himself in.

During an interview with police, Lauderdale said he had been in a fight with Dyer while inside the home. He claimed Dyer had walked to her car to allegedly grab a gun when he went to get a gun from their bedroom. He then fired at Dyer nine times, according to court documents.

Police say Lauderdale did not check on Dyer or called for help, grabbed his gun and a gun from Dyer's vehicle. He also reportedly left their 3-year-old daughter alone at the home and admitted to throwing away Dyer's cell phone in a trash can along with the guns in a dumpster which were later recovered by officers.

He also told authorities he reportedly had a prior felony conviction and had served a four-year prison sentence.

Lauderdale is facing multiple charges that include first-degree murder and physical abuse.

Watch video of Phoenix police providing an update on the investigation below.