UPDATE 2: Officers responded to domestic dispute hours before mu - WSMV Channel 4

UPDATE 2: Officers responded to domestic dispute hours before murder

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -

Cleveland Police tell Channel 3 they were at the house where a woman allegedly killed her boyfriend just hours before the murder.

Police said 43-year-old Alina Sherlin shot and killed her 45-year-old boyfriend Robert Julian late Sunday night at 1908 Greenwood Avenue.

But Channel-3 has learned Cleveland Police responded to the home for a verbal disagreement at 6:38 p.m. Officer Evie West said the parties were separated and police left the scene, per protocol.

Darren Miller lives next door to Sherlin. In fact, he moved in last week with his wife and two-year-old kid. He said he heard the fight from a hundred yards away that led to the domestic call.

"I just heard this screaming and yelling and it was a man and woman going back and forth," he said.

After the police left, Miller said it was pretty calm until around 10 p.m. when he saw 12 police cars in the driveway he shared with Sherlin.

Officer West said Sherlin sent a text message to several people telling them she shot and killed Julian. One of the recipients in turn called police.

Sherlin wouldn't let responding officers inside her home to perform a welfare check. But Officer West said officers went around the back of the house where they saw Julian's body on the floor through a window. A rifle was next to him on the ground.

Police then entered the home and found the 45-year-old man dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

Sherlin was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Miller said he met Sherlin last week when she dropped by his house to offer a house-warming gift.

"She came over and brought us tomatoes," Miller said. "Very cordial and nice to us especially since we just moved in so we talked to her a couple times and she was fine wit us."

The Sunday night incident happened across the street from where a Lee University student was found dead earlier this month. Officer West said they're still awaiting autopsy results from that death.

"It's a little scary when we saw the police cars pull in we thought maybe this wasn't a good idea moving here to Cleveland," he said.

Miller grew up in Cleveland and attended Lee University. He said he is ultimately happy in the neighborhood. And Officer West assures residents like Miller that Cleveland is a safe place to live.

"Unfortunately bad things happen. You can't control that. You can't control people's emotions. You can't control the way people react to certain situations," she said.

Sherlin was taken into custody and is charged with 1st degree murder. Police say the couple had been together about a year.

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