Police: Woman had EPO against man killed in Powell County shooting

Published: Apr. 21, 2016 at 5:47 AM EDT
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A Powell County man was shot and killed Wednesday night after what police called a confrontation.

According to Kentucky State Police Steven Strange, 39, confronted Melissa Roberts, 32, inside her Stanton home.

Strange was then shot in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun, police said. The Powell County Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to Powell County Sheriff's deputies, they've responded to the home on Cow Creek Road several times before. They say that Roberts had an Emergency Protective Order against Strange at the time of the shooting.

Robert's friend, who didn't want to be identified, said that Roberts is very upset about what happened.

"She's not doing good mentally. She's just devastated. She said the only thing she wanted to do was shoot him in the leg to let him know she's done with being abused."

During the 911 call a woman identifying herself as Melissa Roberts can be heard asking for an ambulance for Stevens.

"Just try to stay calm." a dispatcher tells her. "OK. You hear me?"

"I'm panicking," Roberts responds. "I can't stay calm. I just killed the man I love."

So far, police have not filed charges in the case.

State police said they will be presenting the case to a grand jury who will decide if Roberts should be indicted on any charges.