A Nineveh man is dead and a Trafalgar teen faces a murder charge after what police said started as a fight over a woman.
Nineveh resident Brad Price, 20, died after being shot multiple times Wednesday night.
Police arrested Justen Alain Knapp, 19, 100 Hougland St., Trafalgar, on a charge of murder. Bryan Scott Wooldridge, 21, 5911 Hicks Road, Nineveh, was arrested on a charge of assisting a criminal with murder.
The fatal shooting took place before 7 p.m. in a field on South Hickey Road, about a mile north of the main intersection in Morgantown, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Downey said.
Wooldridge reportedly drove Knapp to the scene of the shooting and helped him get away and hide the gun, Downey said.
Knapp and Price had a dispute over a woman, Downey said. He declined to comment on specifics, such as whether one of the men was dating the woman, saying it was still early in the investigation.
The men agreed to meet at the field, where they were supposed to fight over the woman, Downey said.
“It’s tragic that a dispute over a female has ruined these young lives,” he said.
The woman was not present at the shooting and likely did not know they had agreed to fight over her, Downey said.
Price showed up at the designated place and time with two friends, Downey said, and Knapp brought Wooldridge and a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun.
They never fought. Shortly after they both got to the field, Knapp pulled out the gun and Price was shot multiple times in the torso and head, Downey said. Downey declined to comment on whether the pair first exchanged any words or what happened immediately before the shooting.
Price and his friends had expected a fistfight and did not have any weapons, Downey said. Knapp did not have a permit for his handgun, but police have no indication that he stole it, he said.
Downey declined to say how many rounds Knapp fired, how far he was standing from Price when the shooting started, or how many times Price was shot. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Wooldridge and Knapp fled in a truck, Downey said.
Price’s two friends put Price in a vehicle and raced about a mile back to town, Downey said. They took him to a liquor store at State Roads 135 and 252 and called 911. They went to the store in the middle of town so that an ambulance and other emergency responders could find them more easily, because they had been out in a rural area, Downey said.
Police got to the store about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Downey said. Price was dead when they arrived.
Woodridge and Knapp drove about a half-mile north on South Hickey Road and reportedly hid the gun off the side of the road, but police later found it, Downey said. They then went to the home of friends in Morgantown who didn’t know the pair had just been involved in a shooting, he said.
Price’s friends described the truck the men were in, and police found it parked outside a Morgantown home later that night, Downey said.
Officers knocked on the door and asked to speak to them, Downey said. Knapp and Wooldridge surrendered without incident.
Police took them to the sheriff’s office in Martinsville for questioning, Downey said. Investigators took their statements and then arrested both men.
Downey declined to comment on what they told police.
Both Knapp and Wooldridge declined requests for interviews at the Morgan County jail.
Investigators took Knapp’s clothes to test for gunshot residue, Downey said. They also sent the gun for ballistics testing.
Price’s friends both told investigators that Knapp shot him repeatedly.
Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega said he planned to meet with detectives Thursday to determine what, if any, charges should be filed.
Price and Wooldridge are being held at the Morgan County Jail without bond.
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