New Albany football coach shot, wife killed

Ron and Amanda Price, pictured with their daughter. (Source: Price family)
Ron and Amanda Price, pictured with their daughter. (Source: Price family)

(WMC-TV) - A shooting Monday night left a Mid-South high school football coach injured, and his wife dead.

New Albany Police Chief David Grisham said the shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Monday. Amanda Price was killed in the shooting, while her husband, New Albany football coach Ron Price, was also injured.

Grisham said it appeared Amanda Price may have gone outside with their dog and startled someone in the back yard.

"Aparently she startled somebody in the yard," Gresham said. "She started hollering and screaming. Mr. Price heard gunshots. He ran to the backdoor and found her lying on the floor. Then he was shot in the shoulder."

After the shooting, Ron Price was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for treatment.

Investigators are still searching for the gunman, who may have been a burglar. Investigators searched Murrah Road through much of Tuesday, hoping to turn up a clues.

According to Grisham, there were a handful of car break-ins nearby around the same time of the shooting.

"Nobody else saw anything," he said. "When people started hearing that there had been a shooting at that address, some of them went out to lock up their cars and check their vehicles and discovered their vehicles had been burglarized."

Authorities are urging residents in the area to keep doors and windows locked until they find the person responsible for the shooting.

Ron Price recently completed his fourth season as football coach in New Albany. Along with her husband, Amanda Price was also employed by the New Albany school district, as a speech pathologist.

"They are outstanding role models for children - everything a superintendent would want to work in the school district," superintendent Chuck Garrett said.

A $20,000 reward has been offered for information about the shooting that leads to a conviction. If you can help solve this case, New Albany police ask you call them at 662-534-2222.

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