A suspect in the murder of Mike Huckabee's cousin and the cousin's wife has been shot and killed in a shootout with police, officials said today.
Donald Hux, 36, killed his ex-wife, Amy Huckabee, and her current husband, Sandy Huckabee, who was a cousin of Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 presidential hopeful, police said. He is currently a host on Fox news.
Mike Huckabee's spokesman said he was traveling, but had heard about the deaths, the Associated Press reported.
Hux, who recently spent time in jail for assault, had been sending his ex-wife threatening letters, the Siftings Herald reported.
Police said Hux broke into the Huckabees' home in Arkadelphia, Ark., shortly after midnight on Sunday. He shot Sandy Huckabee in the head while he was sleeping.
He then kidnapped his ex-wife and the three children he shared with her and drove them 80 miles away to El Dorado, Ark., where he dropped the children off with his parents, police said.
The Union County Sheriff's Office caught up with Hux late Sunday night. He killed Amy Huckabee and then fired at police. Hux died in the shootout.
Friends posted black ribbons on Facebook and shared their favorite memories of Sandy Huckabee on a Facebook memorial page.
"He was one of the good guys," friend Regina Renshaw Hodnett said.
"He was the first man I ever met with the name 'Sandy,'" Sandy Page Garner wrote. "I just remember him being a nice person with a good sense of humor."
Amy Huckabee was a special education teacher and Sandy Huckabee was a self-employed psychological examiner, according to their Facebook profiles.