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Officer who fatally shot man in Leitchfield identified as Grayson Co. Sheriff Norman Chaffins

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Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins in his office. Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins in his office.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An officer who fatally shot a man while investigating a domestic violence incident Wednesday afternoon has been identified as Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.

Meanwhile, the family of the man who was shot is speaking out. WDRB's Adrianne Flores talked with the family of 66-year-old Chris Higdon about what happened before things turned violent.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Department still won't talk about the shooting, but Higdon's family is. They say it happened in the yard after a morning of heavy drinking.

"He drunk about 10 beers then he hit me over there," said Bonnie Higdon, the wife of Chris Higdon.

Bonnie Higdon still doesn't know what set her husband Chris off Wednesday morning, but admits that this time, she thought he would kill her. Bullet holes mark where the mother of four claims her husband shot at her, and that's when she called 911.

Devon Higdon, the couple's adopted son, came home after buying his mother a birthday present to crime scene tape, and his father's body lying in the yard.

"He took two shots at her while in the living room and missed, and she fled into the kitchen," said Devon Higdon. "There were cops lined up past the house."

Kentucky State Police say Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins and Deputy Corey Knochel responded. Chaffins returned fire, hitting the 66-year-old in the chest, killing him.

"When I was young he threatened to kill me and her in our sleep with a shotgun and spent six weeks in Communicare for it," he said. "Ever since then I've slept real light."

And now all he feels is relief.

"I'm glad he didn't manage to hurt nobody," Devon Higdon said.

The coroner still has not released the body to the family, but Bonnie Higdon tells us she is going to the funeral home tomorrow to make arrangements.

Sheriff Chaffins is on administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting.

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