Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins has been identified as the officer who fatally shot a gun-wielding Leitchfield man on Saint Paul Road on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 9.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Chaffins and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Major Corey Knochel responded to a report of a domestic disturbance with a shot fired at 4099 Saint Paul Rd. in Leitchfield, according to a press release from the investigating Kentucky State Police Post 4 (KSP).
When Chaffins and Knochel arrived on the scene, they were met in the driveway by Christopher E. Higdon, 66, of Leitchfield, whom was advancing toward them with a firearm, KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory wrote in the release.
Chaffins fired his weapon three times, striking Higdon, whom was later pronounced dead at the scene by Grayson County Coroner Joe Brad Hudson, according to the release.
Higdon’s time of death was 1:40 p.m., and he was pronounced dead at 2:05 p.m., according to Hudson.
Hudson said an autopsy was performed on Higdon’s body on Thursday morning, Dec. 10, and the Grayson County Coroner’s Office is currently awaiting those results; however, the preliminary cause of death was ruled a “gunshot wound to the chest.”
The incident is currently still under investigation by KSP Post 4.
Saint Paul Road remained closed for a number of hours on Wednesday while the shooting was being investigated.
In addition to personnel from the KSP, GCSO and Grayson County Coroner’s Office, personnel from the Leitchfield Police Department, Clarkson Police Department, and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene of the shooting.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.