Decatur Police conducting death investigation after apparent shooting, deceased identified

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Decatur police responded to a home in the 2100 block of Stratford Road early Tuesday morning. They received a report of a shooting at the address.

Police arrived around 4:30 a.m. to find a man dead inside the home. They identified him as Jonathan Leffers.

"Upon their arrival, they found a white male, 30-year-old Johnathan Leffers dead of apparent gun shot wound," said Sgt. Mike Cowart. "He was the estranged husband of the current resident."

Police also said that the three children inside the home are now staying with family members in Decatur.

Leffers' body was taken to a forensics lab for autopsy. Police are questioning the estranged wife as part of the investigation. They have not made any arrests.

According to court documents, the estranged wife filed for divorce from Jonathan in November. He contested it. She also sought sole custody of the couple’s three children.

The estranged wife also stated at the time of the divorce filing that Jonathan presented a danger to their children and that he had a history of “alcohol and prescription abuse, suicide threats, PTSD and severe depression.”

Court records also stated that Jonathan had two stand-offs with law enforcement, one lasting more than 10 hours. He was arrested in late October for being a danger to himself and society and spent time in the Morgan County Jail.

The estranged wife said Jonathan also sent her numerous alarming and threatening text messages. She filed an emergency motion to suspend Jonathan’s visitation in late April. The judge denied the suspension and set a hearing for the motion for June 30.

Although no charges have been filed, the investigation is on-going and will be presented to the Morgan County Grand Jury for consideration, as is standard with homicide cases.

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