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Murder suicide investigation

Murder suicide investigation
By: Erica Byfield

McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - A history of violence leads to a deadly stand off. Police say David May shot and killed his ex wife's boyfriend, Russ Jeffers, at a home on Shawn Lane in McCracken County on Sunday evening.

Then we're told he drove to his home on Hutchison Avenue in Lone Oak; where he eventually shot and killed himself in after a standoff. "It's just a really haunting feeling to see that down there especially with someone I know" Lee Weglarz considered Russ Jeffers a friend.  He lived up the road and they used to work together at Honeywell in Metropolis for a year. "To see his truck taped in there it really confirmed what I'd feared" he added.

Weglarz told me it was no secret, Jeffers and David May have had a few run ins in the past "I know Russ had problem with this guy before." So bad, police say, just last week someone filed a terrorist threatening and harassing communication complaint against May.

This story takes a disturbing twist Sunday evening, that's when police say May kicked open the back door to this home on Shawn Lane and shot Jeffers multiple times. "He argued and briefly fought over the weapon with a female witness there, we are very fortunate this was not a triple homicide" said Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow adds to make matter worse a child witnessed murder.

"There was a 14-year-old in the residence at the time of the shooting I can't even imagine what that was like for her" said Turnbow. May then went to his home on Hutchinson Ave and had standoff with police for five hours.

At 1:30 Monday morning they sent in a robot. "Search with the robot relieved the suspect died of an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound" said Turnbow.

This story has nearly everyone in the community is talking "this doesn't happen in our own neighborhood" said Paula Miller. Now those like Lee Weglarz are left to think about the survivors "My thoughts now are with his children because that something they're going to have to deal with the rest of their lives."

David May's ex-wife filed an emergency protective order against him in December. There is an autopsy planned for both men Tuesday in Madisonville, Kentucky.

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