Few clues in shooting death of football coach's wife

Ron Price and his wife, Amanda (Source: Price family)
Ron Price and his wife, Amanda (Source: Price family)

(WMC-TV) - The death of the wife of a popular Mid-South football coach continued to baffle investigators Tuesday.

Yellow tape fenced off a backyard, a swingset and a busted back door Wednesday at the Price home - an unlikely crime scene in small town Mississippi.

"We're not immune from crimes of this nature, but we don't get a lot of it," New Albany Police Chief David Grisham said.

Around 10:00 p.m. Monday, as New Albany school district speech pathologist Amanda Price let her dog out into the backyard, she was fatally shot in the chest by an unknown assailant.

"She was shot, probably standing in the doorway, appeared to be, and fell back into the house," Grisham said.

Police say her husband, New Albany high school head football coach Ron Price, came to her aid. He was also shot, in the shoulder, but survived.

"He saw one perpetrator, dressed in dark clothes with a small caliber handgun," Grisham said. "After he was shot, the perpetrator just walked away."

According to investigators, there were several car break-ins just a few doors down near the time of the shooting. Though investigators walked the neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, they still don't know if the crimes are related - or who shot the Prices.

"They were very, very successful people," Grisham said. "(He is a) Very good football coach. Had a good reputation. Just wonderful people."

There are two numbers you can call if you know anything about the murder: New Albany police at (662) 534-2222, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-773-8477. A reward for information that leads to a conviction stands at $21,000.

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