An Alabama woman ran into a local doctor’s office begging for help, but what happened next can only be described as tragic.
Leaj Jarvis Price, 24, was arguing with her husband Eric “Heath” Price out in public in Jemison, Alabama last weekend when the disagreement suddenly escalated. When Eric pulled out a gun, Leaj ran for her life and ended up inside a doctor’s office, but unfortunately, she wasn’t able to escape.
“The guy was trying to get her,” said Jose Arreola, a witness who saw the incident from across the street. “The doctors came out to help her but he pulled a gun and shot her. She was laying there a long time.”
“He wouldn’t let go of her hand and he just stood at the doorway,” recounted Dr. Jay Patel, a doctor at the office Leaj fled to. “Before anything could happen, I heard a pop, then I heard her stop screaming.”
Leaj died at the scene and Eric, a former U.S. Marine, fled and locked himself inside their home. When police surrounded the home, he wrote a quick suicide statement on Facebook.
“Sorry everyone, its been real, good bye and love you all,” he reportedly wrote, “I die today.” He then shot himself in the head, but he survived and eventually surrendered to police after tear gas was leaked into the home.
Jemison Police Department Chief Shane Fulmer said in a statement:
“Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect and victim had been involved in a domestic altercation that lead her to the doctor’s office asking for help. While she was standing in the lobby with witnesses, the suspect entered with a firearm in hand and approached the victim. After words were exchanged, the suspect fired a single shot, striking the victim.
“No one else in or around the area was harmed. The doctor’s office staff immediately locked themselves in a back room until the office was secured by law enforcement. Officers quickly found the staff and removed them from the building to a safer location.”
Eric is currently being treated for the gunshot wound at the University of Alabama Hospital under police guard. He is expected to make a full recovery.