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Micah Crofford Brown is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife Stella Michelle Ray. (credit: City of Greenville)

GREENVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) - A Greenville man was arrested on Thursday morning for the shooting death of his ex-wife. The incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night in the 5600 block of Sayle Street.

According to a news release from the City of Greenville, the Greenville Police Department was called to the scene by the victim, identified as 35-year-old Stella Michelle Ray, saying that her ex-husband was following her car and trying to run her off of the road.

When an officer arrived to investigate the incident, he found the two vehicles along Sayle Street and witnessed a shot being fired from one car into the other. The suspect’s vehicle then sped away. The officer stopped to help the gunshot victim and relayed a description of the suspect’s car to other officers.

Ray was taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center for treatment. She was later pronounced dead. Her two children – ages 2 and 3 – were in the backseat of the car at the time of the shooting. “The children do not appear to have been injured and they are currently in the custody of family members,” said Lori Philyaw with the City of Greenville.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Micah Crofford Brown. He was located early on Thursday morning about three miles outside of Greenville city limits, after a resident saw a suspicious person and a police helicopter spotted the suspected car. Authorities took Brown into custody just after 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning. He is now being held at Hunt County Jail.

On Friday, Brown spoke with CBS 11, telling a reporter he wanted his wife dead.  Brown said he was worried Ray was going to take his kids away.  He says Ray had filed a police report against him for assault and was trying to talk to her when he realized she had called police.  “I saw the police lights in my rear view mirror, I just pulled the gun out and shot her,” he said without emotion.

Ray was employed as a teacher at Caddo Mills High School. A candlelight vigil has been planned for Ray at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night in the school parking lot.

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