A Burlington, Vermont man who was just released from a hospital after asking for a mental-health evaluation has allegedly killed his wife on Thursday with a meat cleaver outside their home. Aita Gurung, 34, is accused of also severely injuring his mother-in-law in the attack.
Yogeswari Khadka, 32, died in the attack after suffering severe head and skull injuries. Her mother, Thulsa Rimal, 54, is in critical condition as of Thursday night.
Gurung's and Khadka's 8-year-old child was unhurt, as reported by Seven Days. The child was at school at the time of the deadly assault, which began not long after Gurung was released from the hospital. It started around 2:30 p.m. in the family’s kitchen and the violence soon spilled out into the street, where neighbors attempted to intervene. An armed bystander was able to detain Gurung until police arrived, according to the Burlington Free Press. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said the armed man was able to hold the suspect for some time, but “they were wary of being attacked themselves.”
Police used the cover of a ballistic shield to arrest Gurung, according to del Pozo.
On Saturday the suspect had called police, seeking out help "for mental health issues and concerns about his deteriorating relationship with his wife," del Pozo said. He added that Gurung’s father-in-law told police Gurung "was voluntarily admitted for a mental health evaluation.” The suspect was reportedly discharged upon his own request.
Gurung has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and attempted murder, according to jail records.