Clint Anderson, 31, died Friday morning after kicking down the door at his ex-girlfriend's apartment.
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Police say Anderson had broken into his ex-girlfriend's apartment on Wyckford Court near 10th and Girls School Road.
Anderson’s ex-girlfriend lives there with another man and her four kids who were home at the time, but did not witness the shooting.
Fox59 investigated police records and found that for a while, the woman had a protective order against Anderson, who in turn violated that order on numerous occasions.
In January, Anderson knocked on the woman's door. Her children, who saw him, knew he wasn’t supposed to be there and called police. Before officers got there, Anderson broke open the door and smashed up property.
In April, Anderson was arrested for again being on her property. He told police he knew he wasn’t supposed to be there and was violating the protective order.
Laura Berry with the Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence says protective orders are only good if the parties involved abide by the law.
"Protective orders work to the extent that the respondent or abuser chooses to adhere to the rules that the courts have set out," Berry said. "If you have multiple violations of an order of protection it means that victim is seriously at risk of future violence or death and the only real solution to that is incarcerating them."
"The victim needs to make certain to call if violations occur and if that keeps increasing then for the victim's safety they really need to go to shelter."
Police aren’t saying yet who pulled the trigger.
Anderson served time in prison for forgery, counterfeiting and fraud in 2007.
He was back behind bars in 2009 and 2010 for invasion of privacy.