Home invasion leads to fatal shooting

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

A Leitchfield man was shot and killed after forcing his way into the residence of his ex-girlfriend on Saturday evening, July 16.

At approximately 9:22 p.m. on Saturday, Grayson County Central Dispatch received a call from a female, whose identity has not been released by authorities, advising that her ex-boyfriend, Patrick Dewayne Decker, 43, of Leitchfield, had kicked in her front door and caused her to fire several gun shots at him when he entered her home, according to a press release from Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins.

Chaffins said there was an active domestic violence order in place against Decker, but that order had recently been amended to allow him to stay in his parent’s home—located next door to his ex-girlfriend’s residence—as long as he did not commit any further acts of violence.

“Decker was asked by family members, his ex-girlfriend, and the courts to stay away from her residence and not to have any contact or communication with her,” Chaffins wrote in the release. “Due to Decker’s extensive criminal history, including Burglary, Rape, Kidnapping, and Assault, his ex-girlfriend feared for her life and the life of her 11-year-old son, who was also present at the time of the home invasion.”

When Decker arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s residence and began banging on the windows and doors, she armed herself with a handgun, according to Chaffins.

Decker then kicked in the door and entered his ex-girlfriend’s residence, and she fired several shots at him inside the home, the release states.

“Decker ran a couple of hundred feet towards his parents’ residence before collapsing in their driveway,” Chaffins wrote. “It appeared that Decker was shot in the chest at least one time.”

Decker was pronounced dead on the scene by Grayson County Deputy Coroner Larry Holeman. His body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Detective Dennis Dvorjak is leading the ongoing investigation into this incident.

The GCSO was assisted on the scene by Anneta Volunteer Fire Department and Grayson County Emergency Medical Services personnel.

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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