Warped Baskets actor Hagen Mills mistakenly believed he had just shot dead his ex-girlfriend when he committed suicide in front of their four-year-old daughter, the woman’s mother has revealed in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com.
Tammy Green-Price says she was looking after granddaughter Mila on Tuesday night when Mills, 29, forced his way inside their home in Mayfield, Kentucky carrying a pistol.
He tied Tammy’s arms with duct tape then lay in wait behind the front door to ambush ex-girlfriend Erica Price when she walked in 30 minutes later.
As Tammy looked on helplessly, Mills leaped out and held 34-year-old Erica at gunpoint as he begged her to give their failed relationship another go.
But after grabbing her phone and looking at it, the wannabe star – on bail over previous domestic violence allegations from March – flew into a deadly rage and fired two shots at Erica from point-blank range.
‘She ran round the corner to try to hide but collapsed. There was blood everywhere,’ Tammy, 55, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
‘I thought I was next. But the baby was behind me and my only real thought was to shield her.
‘I somehow managed to nudge her down on the couch then closed my eyes and prepared to die.
‘I heard the gun go off, I heard his body hitting the floor and I finally opened my eyes and realized I was alive.’
Tammy soon discovered that her daughter, an advanced practice nurse, was wounded but also alive and had managed to drag herself into a bedroom to call 911.
She was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her right arm and a bullet lodged in her chest but is expected to recover.
‘I think he believed she was dead, as soon as she hit the floor he shot himself,’ added Tammy, a residential assistant nurse.
‘This man was obviously a very troubled soul. I would love to talk about what an awful person he is, but there’s no point in that.
‘The important thing is that my daughter is going to be ok. She’s stable but in isolation because of COVID.
‘She’s a beautiful person, she’s a very giving, kind soul. She has never bothered anybody.’
Mills was best known for appearing in the FX comedy-drama series, Baskets, created in 2016 by Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK.
He also appeared in an episode of the TV comedy Swedish Dicks, had a role in the 2013 telemovie Bonnie & Clyde: Justified and was involved with an upcoming indie horror film, Star Light, set for release in August.
Behind the scenes, however, he was serial domestic abuser, according to Tammy, who says the aspiring actor would not leave Erica alone after their split two years ago.
According to his family, Mills was living between Kentucky and Los Angeles as he pursued a Hollywood career.
But Tammy said: ‘He was living in Mayville, Kentucky, of course he was a failed actor. He’s been terrorizing my daughter for months, years actually.’
Tammy said the couple dated for two years and lived together in LA while Mills tried in vain to ‘become a big name’.
When they split and Erica moved back to Kentucky with Mila, Mills followed her because he couldn’t accept the relationship was over, she alleges.
‘He was obsessed with her. He was stalking her. I don’t know how much the police know because she was a very private person,’ Tammy added.
‘He was driving over to the house to see if she had company, coming here in the middle of the night. He was calling her constantly and showing up at her work.’
Records from Graves County in Kentucky confirm that Mills had an extensive rap sheet that included wanton endangerment, second degree assault and possession of meth.
On March 30 of this year he was arrested and charged with first degree rape, sodomy and kidnapping.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by DailyMail.com, Mills allegedly became embroiled in an altercation with an unnamed woman outside his home.
He reportedly struck the victim with a handgun ‘causing a laceration to her forehead and lip.’
Mills then dragged the woman inside where he brutally raped her and kept her captive for ten hours, the document states.
She was only able to flee and seek help at the hospital when he fell asleep in the early hours.
Mills was released from the Graves County Jail on May 6 on a $500,000 property bond and $10,000 surety, county officials have disclosed.
Less than two weeks later he showed up at the home Erica shares with Tammy and Mila and demanded to come inside.
‘He knocked on the door. I thought it was my son but when I saw who it was I tried to shut it,’ Tammy told DailyMail.com.
‘He shoved his way in and I saw he had a pistol. He pointed the gun but he said he wasn’t going to hurt me, he just wanted to come in and wait.
‘He tied my hands with duct tape. I tried to appease him but it was clear he had lost his mind.
‘Mila was terrified, she was hysterical. I tried to soothe her, to tell her it was going to be ok.’
When Erica finally arrived home and walked inside Mills emerged from hiding and began to beg her for a second chance, Tammy went on.
‘He stepped out so she could see the gun, She told him ‘I’ll go anywhere were, I’ll do anything’.
‘Erica was doing everything she could to get him out of there and away from us.
‘But he grabbed her phone and saw something on it and just said ‘oh no’. That’s when he raised his gun.
‘He shot her twice from no further than ten feet away. She collapsed as she ran around the corner but he didn’t see her get up as he shot himself immediately.’
Mayfield Police would not speculate as to the motive behind Mills’ attempted murder-suicide.
Locals who knew him expressed their shock on social media Wednesday.
‘Just such a sad situation for both families. I can’t imagine. Prayers for his soul and for Erica Price and her family.
‘This isn’t the Hagen I knew and grew up with. You never know what someone is going through,’ one old acquaintance wrote.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to support Erica, who will need ongoing medical treatment for the injuries she sustained during Tuesday’s incident.
The description reads: ‘Erica was involved in an incident entirely out of her control and the results of that incident have left her with injuries that needed immediate and ongoing medical treatment.
‘Erica has a small child to support, as a single mother. She will likely accumulate a series of expensive medical bills, and at this point it is unlikely she will return to work anytime soon.’
Tammy told DailyMail.com that her daughter is heavily sedated and isn’t able to talk to the media, however she has managed to speak with Mila to assure her she is doing ok.
Longer-term, Tammy says her goal is to push for changes in the way violent offenders are monitored in the community.
‘I’m very, very angry,’ she said. ‘Everyone failed here. The authorities failed by offering this man bail. His family failed by getting him out but not giving him the mental health help he needed.
‘They would just pay his fines and let him go about, business as usual. But maybe when a troubled child does something horrific, the right thing to do is to leave him in jail.
‘I want to see them change the law in Kentucky so that if violent offenders are released they are at least made to wear an electronic monitoring device and not just left free to roam the streets and do as they please.’