The Ashland, Kentucky community reacted with shock to the apparent murder-suicide of a married couple the morning of June 1st on a downtown street in Ashland. Donald Price, 49, and Kimberly Price, 40 died of apparent gunshot wounds in the 400-block of 21st Street near Winchester Avenue outside the Studio 21 Salon and Spa where police say Kimberly Price worked. Witnesses heard gunshots at about 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Winchester Avenue and 21st Streets, according to police. Police arrived soon thereafter and found two bodies with gunshot wounds lying on the sidewalk, the police reported. The shooting appears to be a murder-suicide resulting from a domestic dispute, said Capt. Todd Kelley, patrol division commander with the Ashland Police Department. Reports indicated Donald Price was angry about his pending divorce.
Police recovered a .45 caliber handgun from the scene. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene while the man was transferred to Kings Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland where he later died, Kelley said.
No one at the hair salon where Kimberly Price worked as a receptionist would comment on the incident. Donald and Kimberly Price were seen fighting on the street corner just before the shooting, other witnesses said. Ashland resident Sandy Riley, a receptionist at a nearby doctor’s office, said she heard an altercation just outside her officer and saw the man and woman struggling with each other. She said she went back in her work and heard someone scream, "He has got a gun." "Within seconds, there were gunshots," Riley said.
Jo Ann Colvin saw the man who police now say was Donald Price sitting in a Chevrolet Impala parked next to Goodwill a little after 7:30 a.m. Colvin, a Catlettsburg resident, works at the Goodwill store across the street from Studio 21 at the corner of 21st Street and Winchester Avenue. She didn’t recognize the car or the man and found his being parked outside Goodwill so early suspicious. "I saw a car backed up and a guy inside reading a newspaper," Colvin said. "That was unusual. I know our regular customers." Donald Price rented the car and parked in Goodwill’s parking lot to wait for his estranged wife, Kelley said.
It is important to note that in cases of domestic violence, the most dangerous time for a victim is when they are in the process of leaving or have left the relationships. In cases of homicide connected with domestic violence, 75% of the time, the victim had left or was in the process of leaving the relationship. This situation is another indicator of just how dangerous and deadly that situation can be.