UPDATES: New Albany football coach shot, wife killed

By NEMS Daily Journal










The wife of New Albany High School football coach Ron Price was shot and killed and he was wounded in an incident at their home Monday night. Updates below as we learn more information.

UPDATE: 9 p.m. – Amanda Price’s funeral arrangements have been set.

A visitation will take place at Hillcrest Baptist Church Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. New Albany High School coaches will serve as pallbearers and the football team will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. – Northeast Mississippi Crime Stoppers has added $1,000 to the reward for any information on Price shootings. If you have any information call 1-800-773-Tips (8477).

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UPDATE: 3 p.m. – It is unclear as what exactly happened to lead up to the shootings, but New Albany Police Chief David Grisham said Amanda Price was taking a dog outside when the incident happened.

“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 was inside the house, responded to his wife’s screams and was also shot, Grisham said. The dog was found safely on the front porch of the home and was placed in its kennel by police.

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UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. – New Albany Police Chief David Grisham said there were reports of three car burglaries near the area of the Prices’ home Monday night. No motive has been released in this shooting at this time. Authorities are continuing the investigation.

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UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. – New Albany residents that NEMS Daily Journal reporter Danza Johnson talked to Tuesday were shocked to hear about the shooting.

“They were great people,” said Janet Caldwell of Union County. “They loved the school system and are well-respected in our community. I’m shocked to hear this happened here and it is an even bigger shock to hear it was the Prices. My prayers are with the family.”

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UPDATE: 12:13 p.m. – $20,000 reward now offered for information that leads to an arrest about last night’s shooting in New Albany, according to New Albany Police Department.

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UPDATE: 11:56 a.m.: The New Albany basketball games with Briarcrest Academy in Memphis and the soccer games with Oxford scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled.

Also, authorities plan to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

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UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: Tuesday morning at Price property, yellow crime scene tape wrapped the south side and around the back of the home. The tape also extended to a children’s swing set and to a fence in the back yard.

The wife of New Albany High School football coach Ron Price was shot and killed and he was wounded in an incident at their home Monday night.

County Sheriff’s Department and New Albany Police Department are searching the wooded area behind the Price’s home.

Police and city vehicles were parked in the driveway, including a tan Chevy Tahoe with City of New Albany written on the side. 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 was on. The man in the uniform carried a large brown box and put it in the truck.

Murrah Road is in the city limits of New Albany, but is in a rural setting. The Prices have one neighbor about 50 yards to the left of them and one directly in front but none to the right 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.

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By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY – The wife of New Albany High School football coach Ron Price was shot and killed and he was wounded in an incident at their home Monday night.
Amanda Cossey Price, a speech pathologist for the same school district, was pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.
Law enforcement officials, including representatives of the Union County Sheriff’s Department and New Albany Police Chief David Grisham confirmed details of the shootings, which happened at the Price’s home just before 10 p.m. at 302 Murrah Road.
“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 was inside the house, responded to his wife’s screams and was also shot, Grisham said.
“I’m afraid that she didn’t make it,” Grisham said.
Ron Price, who recently completed his fourth season as head coach at the school, was transported by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was treated and released late Monday.
Grisham said the coach was shot in the shoulder.
“He’ll be OK,” Grisham said.
Asked if there were any suspects in the shooting, Grisham replied: “Nothing at this time.”
The Prices, who both attended Alcorn Central High School, have a kindergarten-age daughter, Molly Addison, who was inside the home but was not injured. “She’s safe with her grandparents,” Grisham said.
Price’s tenure as a coach in New Albany dates to 2002, when he was named head football coach at the middle school, a job he held for four seasons. He was on the high school staff in 2006-07 and promoted to head coach for the 2008 season.
“New Albany has been our home for five years and we are thrilled to have this opportunity here,” Price said at the time.
The Bulldogs went 9-4 this past season. In 2010, Price led the team to a 13-1 record, with the lone defeat coming in the state quarterfinals.

More updates as they are available. Updates from Journal reporters Errol Castens and Danza Johnson.