JEFFERSONVILLE — State police are investigating an apparent double murder-suicide in a rural neighborhood in Montgomery County.
Police said Anthony "Tony" Patterson, 44, of Georgetown, hid his truck in a wooded area and then, about 6 a.m., broke into his ex-wife's double-wide mobile home at 340 Lower Spruce Road, armed with two semi-automatic handguns.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Ralph Lockard said Patterson sent Amy Davis' three adopted children, ages 4 to 12, out of the home. Lockard said Patterson shot Davis, 29, and her fiancé, William Cain, 30, multiple times. Investigators said Patterson shot Cain inside, then chased Davis into the yard and shot her before apparently turning the gun on himself.
All three died early Monday, police said. Autopsies are scheduled for all three on Tuesday.
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Davis was pregnant, said Montgomery County Coroner Wally Johnson.
Lockard said investigators are trying to figure out what prompted the shooting.
According to court records, Davis and Patterson were divorced April 23 after eight years of marriage.
On June 23, Davis obtained an emergency protection order requiring Patterson to stay at least 1,000 feet away from her, according to court records. Davis and Patterson were scheduled to return to court for a hearing July 8.
Henderson said Davis was worried about the children's safety.
"It's devastating. They're a family that worked hard and took pride in what they had and never hindered anyone," said Jeffersonville Mayor Anthony Henderson.
The children were staying with relatives Monday, Lockard said. Relatives at the scene declined to comment.
Jack Esteppe, who lives near the home on Lower Spruce Road, said he was surprised by the shooting. Esteppe said he did not know the family but often jogged past their house and waved.
"You never expect it a few homes down from you," Esteppe said.
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Davis. Arrangements for Cain are to be handled by Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals in Mount Sterling.