- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

GLADE SPRING, Va. (AP) - Four people were killed and another was critically wounded early Tuesday in a shooting at a home in Glade Spring that stemmed from a domestic dispute, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

At an afternoon news conference, authorities identified the suspected shooter as 44-year-old Kevin Dale Palmer, who was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the home in southwest Virginia.

Media outlets report that Palmer, armed with two guns, broke into his in-laws’ house where his wife and son were staying before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and an argument erupted.

Alerted by a 911 call, officers arrived to find five people had been shot inside the brown, one-story house.

Both Palmer and his mother-in-law, Nancy Griffin, 74, were found dead. Palmer’s wife, Kristen, 46, and her son, Griffin, 17, were found in critical condition and later died.

Kristen Palmer’s father, Terry Griffin, 75, was listed in fair condition at Bristol Regional Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon after being flown there by helicopter, officials said.

Authorities believe the shooting resulted from a dispute between Kristen and Kevin Palmer. Major Jack Davidson said the couple had been fighting for some time, and she was staying with her parents. A protective order also had been issued against Kevin Palmer.

Neighbor Rob Romans told the Bristol Herald Courier he’s known the family for several years.

“They were really, really nice folks; they looked out after the neighborhood,” he said.

Emory & Henry College President Jake Schrum expressed condolences to the family of Nancy and Terry Griffin, both former employees of the college. Terry Griffin previously taught modern languages at the school.

“Both Nancy and Terry, who served this institution with distinction and dedication for many years, occupy an important place in the heart of the Emory & Henry community,” Schrum said in a statement.

“This tragedy leaves us with an extreme sense of sadness and loss.”

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