Today, E! News has obtained the 911 call in which it all went down.
Right away we recognize Shirley's voice, calmer than we would expect in similar cirumstances, explaining that Portwood told him to call the police.
"I just spoke with my girlfriend and she had said something to me...said she's having a hard time with her life...'Call the police, they can find my body in the garage.' "
He also adds, "I'm calling you guys because I don't want her to kill herself."
Luckily, police arrived at Portwood's home before any injury took place.
Take a listen to the call below.