Katrina Banks: Virginia mother shot dead in basement, allegedly by husband
Katrina Banks, 35, was well-known and loved at her place of employment, the Retreat Doctors' Hospital in Virginia. Banks, who worked at nights as a nursing supervisor and went to graduate school in the daytime, was also known as a loving mother of her two children and doting wife.
Family and friends are genuinely shocked that the loving home in the 3900 block of Orion Court in Henrico, Virginia was initially cordoned off with yellow tape and cars with blue and red sirens.
Police said that on Monday, November 21, 2016, Banks' husband, 45-year-old Alvin E. Banks, was seen running down the street in a panic.
He ran into a firehouse, where he told firefighters, "I accidentally shot my wife. Come on, let's go," according to WWBT.
Banks, a former Marine, spotted a police officer. He told the cop that he wife lay dying inside their home. When the officer entered, he saw a screaming child.
According to WTVR, "[The officer] entered the basement and located a deceased female in the hallway lying face down," the affidavit continued. "Two children were located inside the residence and removed... by on scene officers."
Questioned by police, Alvin Banks admitted that he and his wife were having an argument. He said that the shooting was an accident.
"We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Katrina Banks," the hospital said in a statement this week. "She had been a beloved and respected member of our nursing staff at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital since July 2003. She mostly recently worked as the Nursing House supervisor at night, while pursuing her master's degree in nursing leadership ... So many of us will remember Katrina for her kindness and willingness to help others."
"She was a wonderful person," former high school classmate Blakely Sandsbury told WWBT. "She had an amazing smile and she was also very determined."
Banks' husband is in the Henry County jail.
He has been changed with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in what police say was a domestic-related incident.