The man who police say fatally shot his estranged wife’s friend in a Greenwood apartment recently had become fixated on her and the coming end to a marriage that lasted two decades, according to police.
Kevin Sharrett had been upset that his estranged wife, Michelle Sharrett, was seeing someone else and that their divorce was set to be finalized in about a month, Greenwood Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth said.
Police believe that on Feb. 13 Sharrett shot Steven Lively, 47, Indianapolis, who was at Michelle Sharrett’s apartment and had known her for about three weeks, Fillenwarth said. He then shot himself during or shortly after a high-speed chase with police in southwestern Marion County, after his daughter told police he was in the area.
Sharrett told his daughter that he had done something terrible and was going to join her grandparents, who are deceased, Fillenwarth said.
Police have conducted most of the interviews needed and are winding down the investigation, since the suspect is dead and no criminal charges are necessary, Fillenwarth said.
Every detective in the department initially worked on the case, but that was reduced to a single detective on Friday.
“It was never a whodunit type of case,” Fillenwarth said.
The investigation now mostly involves waiting for the results of ballistics and toxicology tests, which won’t come back for weeks or months, Fillenwarth said. Police want to make sure the ballistics test will show that the same gun was used on both Lively and Sharrett. If not, investigators will have to try to find a second gun, he said.
Toxicology tests would show whether alcohol or any other drugs were in Sharrett’s system that day and could have affected his behavior, Fillenwarth said.
Police, who were armed with assault rifles, were looking for Kevin Sharrett at his home in the Wakefield subdivision shortly after the Greenwood shooting. He wasn’t home, but a friend and business partner came by, talked with police and told them about his recent fixation about his estranged wife, Fillenwarth said.
“He said he suddenly got weird about his estranged wife,” Fillenwarth said. “He didn’t understand it, but in the last week or so he fixated on her.”
The friend also told police that violence was out of Kevin Sharrett’s character, that they shouldn’t expect a gunfight and that he was more likely to take his own life, Fillenwarth said.
Michelle Sharrett also told police that he was more likely to kill himself than engage officers in a gunbattle or go to prison, Fillenwarth said.
Michelle Sharrett had filed for divorce in 2011, and a final hearing was supposed to take place in about a month, Fillenwarth said.
The couple had been together for 21 years and had three children, according to divorce paperwork filed in Johnson County Superior Court 2.
Michelle Sharrett started divorce proceedings a few months after police said she cut her husband with scissors and pushed him off their front porch in 2010, according to a police report. She had been trying to cut up a credit card that arrived in the mail for a woman whom she believed he was having an affair with, the report said.
A misdemeanor domestic battery charge was dropped after Michelle Sharrett completed domestic violence and anger management counseling as part of a pretrial diversion program for first-time offenders, Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.
The couple were supposed to finalize the divorce in 2011 but decided instead to pursue counseling in a bid to save the marriage, according to court paperwork.
Michelle Sharrett did not return messages.
Kevin Sharrett went to visit her last week at her home in Devonshire Apartments off State Road 135. He got upset that Lively was in the apartment and got into an argument with her, Fillenwarth said.
Kevin Sharrett left the apartment but then called to say he had forgotten some paperwork and needed to come back.
Lively was leaving the apartment because he wanted to avoid another fight. But when he opened the door, Kevin Sharrett pointed a gun in Lively’s face and ordered him back inside.
“He was cussing and screaming and threatening to kill them both,” Fillenwarth said. “He was in a rage.”
Kevin Sharrett grabbed his estranged wife by her hair and tore her shirt. He took turns pointing the gun at both their heads, Fillenwarth said.
Michelle Sharrett fled from the apartment to get help when he had the gun pointed at Lively. Kevin Sharrett yelled for her to come back and said he would shoot Lively, Fillenwarth said.
Michelle Sharrett ran across the apartment complex parking lot and frantically knocked on doors until someone let her in. Fillenwarth said it was not clear whether Kevin Sharrett made any effort to look for her before leaving to visit his son in the Camby area, leading police on a high-speed chase and fatally shooting himself in the chest.
She was fortunate that he didn’t kill her, too, Fillenwarth said.