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Actor Hagen Mills has died after trying to kill the mother of his child in an attempted murder-suicide, according to Kentucky police.
Officers with the Mayfield Police Department responded to a 911 call from the Mayfield area at around 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, the department said in a news release. The caller reported that a woman had been shot, and upon their arrival, officers found 34-year-old Erica Price, who had sustained gunshot wounds to her chest and arm. She met police when they arrived, and told them that Mills was still inside the house and had shot himself.
Mills, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene, but Price was taken to a local hospital, where she is recovering from her injuries and is in stable condition, police said.
An investigation revealed that Mills, who shared a young daughter with Price, took the child, as well as Price’s mother, hostage in the home until Price returned, at which point he opened fire on her, the release states. The child and the grandmother were not injured.
The release did not list a possible motive for the killing, and when questioned by reporters, authorities declined to speculate.
“That would be speculative, whereas we are unable to interview the perpetrator,” Sheriff Nathan Kent told PEOPLE.
Court records show that, prior to the shooting, Price had filed an emergency protective order against Mills, according to the Courier-Journal, who did not list Price by name. Records also show that Mills had been arrested in March and was facing various charges related to rape, kidnapping, and assault, the outlet reports.
As an actor, Mills was known for his appearance in the FX series “Baskets,” and had also appeared in a number of smaller projects and short films, according to his IMDb profile. His most recent role was in the horror film “Star Light,” which is scheduled to be released in August 2020.
Mill’s talent agent, Elyah Doryon, said that they had not had contact with Mills since 2018, when he moved back to Kentucky for undisclosed reasons, according to a statement obtained by USA Today.
“I knew him as a talented actor and horseman with that classic southern hospitality and charm,” Doryon said. “May he rest in peace.”
“Star Light” producer Cheryl Dillard Starulakis also offered her condolences in a statement obtained by WPSD.
“We were shocked and saddened to hear of the events occurring yesterday involving Hagen Mills who was a cast member of our film Star Light,” that statement reads. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to Hagen's family and his daughter and all others impacted by this tragic day.”
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