By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
UPDATE 10:06 a.m.: According to New Albany Police Chief David Grisham there have been no leads in the case and no tips have been called in at this point either.
NEW ALBANY – Police continue to investigate the shooting death of New Albany speech pathologist Amanda Price and the wounding of her husband, high school football coach Ron Price.
What has the police’s interest is a series of automobile burglaries reported in their neighborhood Monday night before the double shooting.
Police Chief David Grisham said at least three people reported auto burglaries on Murrah Road, with one just a couple houses up from the Price home. Grisham would not comment on whether he thought the crimes were related to the shootings.
“This is not a high crime area at all, so it’s shocking that this type of crime would happen there,” said Grisham.
No arrests are reported for the crimes, but Grisham said he hopes a $20,000 reward will help flush out the person or persons responsible for the shootings. The reward will be given to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction.
Grisham said Ron Price is “absolutely not a suspect” in the case.
Amanda Price, who worked for the New Albany School District, was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. According to a preliminary autopsy report, she died of a single gunshot wound to the chest from a .380-caliber handgun.
Ron Price, who was found shot in the shoulder, was released from North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo early Tuesday morning.
They are the parents of a daughter Molly Addison, a 3-year-old who was in the home when the shootings occurred. The child was taken by her grandparents after the shooting.
What led to the shootings was unclear late Tuesday, but Grisham said Amanda Price reportedly was taking the dog outside when the incident occurred.
“It appears that she may have gone outside with their dog and startled someone in their backyard,” Grisham said. “She began to scream, and someone shot her.”
Ron Price, who said he was inside the house, told investigators he responded to his wife’s screams and also was shot, Grisham said. The dog was found safe on the front porch and was placed in its kennel by police.
Tuesday morning yellow tape was draped around the south side and wrapped around the rear of the Prices’ upscale home.
Police and city vehicles were parked in the driveway.
About 10:05 a.m., a tan Chevy Tahoe with “City of New Albany” written on the side was parked there. Two men, one uniformed and the other believed to be New Albany Mayor Tim Kent, exited the home and drove away. At least one light in the house could be seen on.
The man in the uniform carried a large brown box and put it in the truck.
Murrah Road is within the city limits of New Albany but in a rural setting. The Prices have one neighbor about 50 yards away on one side and one directly in front, but none to the other side or behind the home.
The large, two-storied brown brick home sits on a hill and has six Christmas wreaths on windows across the front. A small statue of Colonel Reb sits in a flower bed in the front yard.