Police identify victims in murder-suicide at Audra State Park

The West Virginia State Police has identified the two victims of a fatal shooting that took place at Audra State Park on Saturday evening.

Police say the incident began when a woman met her soon-to-be ex-husband, Dustin Christopher Peterson, in the parking area at the park just before 7 p.m. Saturday. Christopher Jackson Price, who was at the park camping with the woman, arrived a short time later to confront Peterson, according to a press release.

The two men got in a verbal altercation, the release states, which resulted in the two “drawing and pointing pistols at each other.”

Peterson shot Price, killing him instantly, police say. He “then turned the weapon on himself and fired a single shot, killing himself.” Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by county coroners.

The park was locked down until approximately midnight while police investigated. It reopened Sunday morning.

The Philippi detachment of the West Virginia State Police was assisted at the scene by the Barbour County Sheriff Department, West Virginia Natural Resource Police, Upshur County Sheriff Department, Belington Fire Department and Belington EMS.

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