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Jemison man charged with wife's murder released from the hospital, booked into jail

Eric Heath Price is charged with the murder of his wife Leaj Jarvis Price. Source: Facebook Eric Heath Price is charged with the murder of his wife Leaj Jarvis Price. Source: Facebook
Eric Heath Price's booking photo. (Source: Chilton Co. Jail/WBRC) Eric Heath Price's booking photo. (Source: Chilton Co. Jail/WBRC)
JEMISON, AL (WBRC) -

The man charged with fatally shooting his wife in a doctor's office in Jemison was transferred from UAB Hospital and booked into the Chilton County Jail on Tuesday.

Police say 25-year-old Eric Heath Price shot and killed his wife, 24-year-old Leaj Jarvis Price, after she fled to a doctor's office near their home.

Eric Price has been booked into the Chilton County Jail for murder and three counts of terroristic threats for his actions towards witnesses of the shooting.

He then ran away and barricaded himself for hours inside their house. During the standoff with police, officials say Price shot himself in the head.

Police said Price's injury was not life-threatening, but was listed in serious condition at UAB Hospital until Tuesday.

Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said the couple had a history of domestic issues.

“They did have a history of being involved in some domestic situations in the past, and we're actually looking into that,” Fulmer said on Tuesday in a phone interview on Good Day Alabama.

Fulmer said police had received some calls in the past, but most of the information they are reviewing is coming from the friends and family of the couple who told them there was some trouble at times.

He said investigators would continue to interview friends and family on Tuesday.

Fulmer also said Price had served some time in the military, possibly up to eight years as a Marine according to information gathered from family members.

Leaj and Heath Price's six-year-old son was at school when the shooting occurred. The police chief said the boy was being cared for by family members.

Fulmer said their early investigation into the shooting showed the couple was involved in some sort of domestic dispute at their home, then Leaj Price ran to the nearby doctor's office for help. That doctor's office remained closed on Tuesday.

“The first thing she told them was that she needed some help and to call the police. Instantly, he walked in behind her with the gun in hand,” Fulmer said.

Price posted on Facebook shortly after the shooting, "im sorry everyone, its been real. good bye and i love you all" and "i dei today." 

The Facebook page was taken down just before 11:30 a.m.

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