Actor Hagen Mills, who had roles in TV series Baskets and Swedish Dicks, died in a botched murder-suicide in Mayfield, Kentucky, on Tuesday that played out in front of his young daughter.
The 29-year-old, who split his time between Hollywood and his native Mayfield, had a child with 34-year-old Erica Price.
According to an arrest warrant from Kentucky State Police, Mills had subjected Price to a terrifying kidnapping and rape ordeal just six weeks ago but he was released from jail on a bond.
On Tuesday, he held their 4-year-old daughter and Price’s mother hostage at a Mayfield home until Price returned home that evening, Mayfield Police Department said in a press release.
When Price arrived, she was shot by Mills but managed to run out the front of the home and call 911. Police arrived to find her with gunshot wounds to her arm and chest.
“Price was able to tell officers that the gunman, Hagen Mills, age 29 of Mayfield, was still inside, and had turned the gun on himself,” the department said.
Price was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition on Wednesday. Her mother and daughter were uninjured.
Graves County Jail records show Mills was released on a bond on May 6 for a litany of offenses including rape, sodomy, and domestic violence against Price, kidnapping both Price and their daughter, and possession of methamphetamine and steroids.
An arrest warrant obtained by The Daily Beast states that Price went to Mills’ home on March 30 to pick up her daughter when Mills allegedly struck her in the head with a handgun as she sat in her car.
Mills then allegedly took Price and the girl inside, raped and sodomized Price in his bedroom, and held her against her will until 4:00 a.m. when he fell asleep and she was able to escape to a hospital.
Mills was arrested on March 31. Kentucky State Police then searched his car and found erectile dysfunction pills, a meth pipe with drug remnants on it, a lock box containing glass vials of steroids, syringes, and a digital scale.
He was released on May 6 on a $500,000 property bond and $10,000 surety.
Mills’ mother initially confirmed her son’s death to TMZ on Wednesday and claimed that Hagen loved acting but his true passion was his daughter.
His Facebook page is littered with photos of his daughter. He last posted a photo of him visiting a doctor’s office in March, captioned: “Maybe I am getting old... high blood pressure.”
Elyah Dolan, a former rep for Mills, told Heavy that they hadn’t heard from Mills since 2018 when he went back to Kentucky to “address issues unrelated to the entertainment industry.”
Jail records show dozens of prior offenses for Mills dating back to 2009, including domestic violence in 2018, driving under the influence, and being drunk in a public place.
He had last worked on an indie slasher film, Star Light, that was due to be released in August but he was best known for his role in the Emmy-winning comedy-drama series, Baskets, created by Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK.