Texas Man Kills Three, Then Himself
By Jaime Aron
RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) -- A man believed to have been
lurking around his ex-wife's home ambushed and killed the woman, her
mother and their friend, then killed himself early Wednesday with a
shotgun that police had confiscated but returned a week earlier.
Alan Dale Price, 48, was found dead inside the home in
this Dallas suburb.
Police said he turned his shotgun on himself and
gunned down Janette Jeffers, 43; her mother, Margaret Compton, 67; and
her friend, Mary Roland, 63.
The 12-year-old son of the woman's current husband
escaped from a second-story window and was not injured. He was in the
front yard when police arrived.
Officers don't believe he witnessed the shootings. His
father was in California on business.
Police Lt. Michael Hauver said the motive was believed
to be related to recent legal action between Price and Mrs. Jeffers, who
had been divorced about 15 years. Specifics were not known but the case
possibly involved child support for their college-age daughter, who was
not at the house, he said.
Hauver said the 12-year-old told of Price having a
of some problems like theft of mail and tire slashing,'' but nothing
On Jan. 3, police had stopped Price for running a red
light and impounded the car because it was an overdue rental.
They also took a loaded shotgun from the back seat,
even though he was in legal possession of it. He agreed to allow
officers to take it for safekeeping, police said.
Sgt. Steve Upchurch said there was "no legal recourse''
but to return the gun when Price requested it Jan. 5.
Late the next day and again this Tuesday, there were
reports of a prowler at the house. Police did not get a clear
description given, but suspect Price.
Upchurch said Price may have been "lying in wait'' in
or near the garage early Wednesday when Ms. Compton and Ms. Roland went
to pack their car for a trip. He likely killed them, then went after his