OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It was his worst fear. That's how Chris Prevost described the murder of his girlfriend, Amanda Salas.
"There was nothing I could do; it was so fast," Prevost said through tears.
Prevost and Salas were pulling into their Ocean Springs driveway Sunday morning when Salas's ex-boyfriend, Patrick Norman, followed them home.
"She says, 'Oh God, get back in the car.' And I get back in the car and I said, 'What?' And I turn around and he's already beside his car, and she said, 'Call 911,'" Prevost remembered. "I got my phone out. There was a tap at the window. She looked at him and he shot her in the head."
Then Prevost said Norman shot him.
"It went through my shoulder when he shot me. I raised my shoulder and I believe that's the only thing that saved me," Prevost said. "I played dead, in case he went back behind the car and did something else, I could get to the kids. I saw the youngest daughter come out the door and I ran to get my rifle."
Prevost said Salas's youngest daughter was screaming, "He is dead." He looked back and saw Norman lying in the driveway. Prevost then ran back to his girlfriend.
"I went back to the car trying to wake her up," Prevost said in tears. "This woman never hurt nobody. She was always there for everybody. I mean, she worked 70 to 80 hours a week, two jobs, to give her kids a life she never had, to give her kids everything they wanted. I don't know what to do. She was my best friend. We worked together; we spent every day together."
Prevost said Salas dated Norman for three months on and off, but Norman would not leave her alone after she ended it with him.
"We had several incidents where he would show up at her job and cause problems there. He would call 30 times in one hour and he would show up at her house."
This past week, Prevost said things got even worse because Amanda took off of work to move into their new place, and Norman couldn't get in touch with her.
"He made two threats on my life saying he was going to take care of me. That I was going to find out real soon. And that's the last threat he made to me on Wednesday when he kept calling, and I told him he was going to leave her alone," Prevost said.
Norman found out where the couple moved to and slashed their tires. The couple filed a restraining order on Norman Friday, but he showed up again two days later and Amanda was killed.
"I wish it was me so bad," Prevost said. "This doesn't need to happen to people. There are too many crazy people out there like that. Get away from them. You can't help them, you can't help those people."
Amanda leaves behind three teenage children.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence there is help. You can contact the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Non-Violence at (228) 436-3809 or on the crisis line 24/7 at 1-800-800-1396. The non-profit also has a website where you can take a danger assessment test to find out just if your relationship is lethal http://gcwcfn.org/wordpress/ .