GRANT COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The woman who was shot Tuesday morning by her estranged husband had filed an emergency protective order against him less than 24 hours before he killed her, another man and then turned the gun on himself.
According to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills, Shaun Hiles of Dry Ridge was following his wife Nicole and another man in his car Monday night around 11:30 p.m., causing a crash near Mulligan and Vallandingham roads.
Hiles got out of the car and fatally shot both Nicole and the man she was with, Larry Whiteker. Hiles then attempted to kill himself by shooting himself in the stomach and chest area. He was airlifted to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he is reportedly listed in critical condition.
Officials say Hiles and Nicole were married but separated. Documents show Nicole filed a protection order against her husband on Monday around 3 p.m. Hiles stated on the order that she had text messages that showed Hiles had been stalking and harassing her.
The emergency protection order was never signed and made official. Tine Melton with the Grant County Circuit Court issued a statement, reading in part:
"It is our policy to process EPOs as soon as we receive them and I deeply regret that this did not happen. The deputy clerk involved has been placed on administrative leave. I intend to take every measure necessary to ensure that something like this does not happen again."
Nicole reported Hiles would not let her see their 14-year-old daughter. The daughter was not involved in the shooting and is reportedly unharmed.
Sheriff Dills says officers have been called to the Hiles' residence for domestic issues in the past.
"It's kind of hard to believe it would come to this," said Chris Dressman, Nicole's brother. Dressman described Hiles as a "demanding dude" and said Whiteker was a co-worker of Nicole's and someone she looked to for comfort.
"He was upset that his wife was out with someone else and that he had been harassing her," Dressman said.
Dressman claimed Hiles ripped the door handles off his sister's vehicle on Monday, which is why Whiteker was driving her around.
Hiles is currently on probation for assaulting someone else with a tire iron. Officials say that charge is not related to the murders on Monday.
Police are still investigating the shooting. They used a drone Tuesday to take pictures of the scene, which they say will help in putting the pieces together.
Watch the video above to see the how the Sheriff's department uses the drone. (Mobile users can watch here: http://bit.ly/1AtwLrq)