Four killed in Glade Spring domestic shooting

Nick Shepherd • Feb 25, 2014 at 6:06 PM

GLADE SPRING — Four people are dead and one is hospitalized in fair condition as the result of a domestic shooting in Southwest Virginia Tuesday.

Officers with the Washington County Sheriff's Office received a call around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday about a shooting in progress at 33325 Graceland Lane, Glade Spring. The person who called was believed to be Griffin Palmer, 17.

He told officers that two people had been shot at the residence, and then the phone was disconnected.

When Palmer was contacted by telephone, he told police he had been shot. When asked where the shooter was, he stated in the house, according to a news release.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found five people who had been shot inside the home. Two were dead while the other three were in critical condition.

The injured were Kristin Palmer, 46, 21131 Deerfield Lane, Glade Spring; Griffin Lane Palmer, 17; and Terry Griffin, 75. All three were transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Griffin Palmer died on the way to the hospital, and Kristin Palmer died at BRMC. Terry Griffin is listed in fair condition, the release stated.

Nancy Griffin, 74, and Kevin Dale Palmer, 44, 21131 Deerfield Lane, were dead at the scene. Police believe Kevin was the shooter and died from what officers said appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators think the shooting was the result of an ongoing domestic dispute between Kristin and Kevin. Authorities said there was evidence of forced entry into the home and a struggle inside.

Both Nancy Griffin and her husband, Terry, were retired from Emory and Henry College.

Emory and Henry President Jake Schrum released the following statement about the incident.

“On behalf of Emory & Henry College, I wish to express my profound condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Griffin, a former employee of Emory & Henry College, and other members of her family who died Tuesday morning," he said. "We ask for prayers for Nancy’s family, including her husband, Dr. Terry Griffin, a retired E&H professor, who is recovering from injuries sustained in the incident. 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, and this tragedy leaves us with an extreme sense of sadness and loss.”

Kristin Palmer was an English and drama teacher at Virginia High School. She had been employed by the school for the last 20 years. She coached a competitive drama team, and her students consistently won regional championships, according to school principal Ronnie Collins.

She taught English at all levels as well as summer school and home school.

"She was very energetic and vibrant," Collins said. "She will be sorely missed by all the faculty she worked alongside for the last 20 years."

Griffin Palmer was a student at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring. He was active in athletics.

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