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Charleston Police say retaliation motivated murder-suicide

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The suspect in a murder-suicide shooting was motivated by retaliation, according to Lt. Steve Cooper, with the Charleston Police Department.

Patrick Price shot and killed Michael Cassell before turning the gun on himself at a home on the 900-block of Red Oak Street on Charleston's West Side, Lt. Cooper said.

Charleston Police were investigating a child abuse case involving Price and his daughter up until the time of the shooting.

Police said Cassell, whose family keeps in contact with the juvenile, reported the allegations to authorities in late December of last year.

Lt. Cooper said investigators opened the case nearly a month before the shooting incident.

Price had not been charged but had been communicating with Charleston Police until the time of his death, according to Lt. Cooper. Investigators had spoken to Price as recently as 48 hours before the shooting, when he agreed to undergo a lie-detector test upon returning to town.

"You have to be able to prove a case in court, and we were not at that point," Lt. Cooper said. "It's unfortunate that Mr. Price did what he did. It shows he was a very malicious person and a dangerous person."

Lt. Cooper said aspects of the investigation are still ongoing but would not release more information on the details of those aspects.