Boyfriend kills ex-husband in home invasion

By Brittany Wise -

More details have become available in the wake of a deadly shooting in Clarkson.

According to Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, the Tuesday, Nov. 24 incident began as a domestic violence situation, which culminated in the shooting death of one man in a residence on the 3800 block of Hickory Flats Road.

When Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) deputies arrived on scene, they found 54-year-old Donald B. Selby, of Clarkson, unresponsive in the home of his ex-wife.

Grayson County EMS paramedics arrived on site shortly thereafter and determined that Selby was deceased.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Larry Holman.

Upon initial investigation, GCSO Detective Dennis Dvorjak discovered that “a female had obtained an Emergency Protective Order (EPO) againt her estranged ex-husband, [Selby].” The order was taken out on Monday, Nov. 23, and Selby was served the EPO that same night by GCSO Deputy Clay Boone.

An EPO is a type of restraining order which is intended to provide immediate protection for victims of domestic violence, harassment or other types of crimes.

Despite having been served the order, Selby, armed with a handgun, entered his ex-wife’s home “with an obvious intent of doing harm,” according to Chaffins.

At the time, Selby’s ex-wife was at home, along with her boyfriend, her 21-year-old son, her 23-year-old daughter, and the daughter’s 33-year-old boyfriend.

Selby held his ex-wife at gunpoint in the kitchen of her home, according to Chaffins, and “threats were made by Selby to kill her and her family.”

The woman’s boyfriend, who had been in the bedroom when Selby entered the home, came into the kitchen with a gun in hand, according to officers’ account of the incident.

“Selby spun to the boyfriend with the gun still in his hand and did not appear to have fired a shot,” Chaffins said.

According to the victim and witnesses at the scene, the gun which was used to kill Selby had been loaded the night before because “they all feared for their lives” and “were fearful that [Selby] would follow through with the multiple threats he had made in the past to kill [his ex-wife] and her family.”

Chaffins’ report of the incident goes on to say, “It was also discovered at the scene that Selby had a violent history of domestic violence against his estranged wife.”

The man who shot Selby was not arrested at the scene, and no criminal charges have been filed, Chaffins said.

The investigation into the incident is, however, ongoing, and evidence will be presented to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for presentation to the Grayson County Grand Jury.

The GCSO was assisted at the scene by Clarkson Police Department, Kentucky State Police, and Grayson County EMS.

By Brittany Wise

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014

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