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Domestic fight ends in gunfire, suicide

ALBANY -- An argument between a husband and wife in Albany erupted into gunfire and ended with the husband fatally shooting himself in the head, Albany Police Department reports stated.

Police responded twice Tuesday to the Peak home at 1820 Cobblestone Court because on domestic violence calls, said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

"The first time the husband (Priness Peak, 32) was not at the scene when officers arrived," Banks said. "He returned and his wife (Erika Peak) reported he fired three shots into the back door."

When officers arrived the second time about 11:30 p.m. Peak was driving away in his 1995 burgundy Mazda pickup.

"He was driving away when a witness reported another gunshot," Banks said. "His truck hit a parked car. When officers got to his truck, he was unresponsive."

The gunshot from an unidentified semi-automatic handgun hit Peaks in the head and shattered the driver's side window, Banks said. Peak's truck smashed into a parked empty 1998 tan Lexus, she added.

Paramedics arrived at the normally quiet duplex neighborhood off Schley Avenue to find Peak dead, Banks said. Crime investigators ruled the death a suicide, she continued.

Peak's body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab for an autopsy. The report noted no alcohol or drugs were involved.