Springfield police chief challenges public to step up in deadly home invasion

Dec 08, 2016

The Springfield Police Division is asking the public to help in finding whoever shot and killed a mother in a home invasion Thursday night:

LATEST: @ 6:20 p.m. (Dec. 9): “Folks have to step up and demonstrate courage in the face of all the rhetoric and do the right thing,” Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said. “We have a 2-year-old little girl that will never grow up to know her mother.”

Police are looking for two gunmen -- one armed with a rifle, the other with a handgun -- who burst into a duplex in the 1200 block of South Fountain Avenue on Thursday night and shot Lacie Henry dead even as her 2-year-old daughter sat in the same room.

“(A) young lady, a mother and a daughter lost her life during a robbery — that should not be acceptable to anyone in this community,” Moody said. "There's no excuse for not stepping up and telling what you know."

Police found Henry, 29, dead in the living room, Moody said.

Henry’s death marks the fifth homicide in Springfield this year, the third in the last six weeks.

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According to a police incident report, Henry appeared to have been shot in the head and the arm.

The gunmen “gathered people up and basically this was a robbery,” the chief said. The home and Henry were targeted, he said.

Detectives talked to witnesses who were in the home, the chief said, and they worked Friday to try to piece together what happened.

"Apparently, one of the individuals in the home actually shielded the 2-year-old," the chief said.

Moody said anyone who knows anything about the crime should come forward.

“Folks have to step up and demonstrate courage in the face of all the rhetoric and do the right thing,” the chief said. “We have a 2-year-old little girl that will never grow up to know her mother.”

Henry was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an initial autopsy Friday morning, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office said. No preliminary results were released.

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Friday afternoon, no one answered the door at the home, but children’s toys could be seen on the front porch and yard.

It’s common to hear fights on the streets in that area, said a neighbor, Tiffany Harper. But she was still saddened to hear about the mother’s killing.

“It’s crazy how people can just do that,” Harper said. “Whoever shot the person should be caught 'cause the person doesn’t deserve it — especially if they had a kid.”