Family describes 'toxic' relationship between RV chase suspect, girlfriend

Family talks about RV chase suspect

Family members of the man who died after shooting his girlfriend and leading authorities on a chase in his RV are speaking out.

Tony Kelly, Sr.'s cousin, oldest daughter, and 16-year-old son, spoke with WFAA on Thursday, just hours after authorities say Kelly shot his girlfriend three times, then shot himself in his RV before it went up in flames. Family members asked we keep their identities private.

The family says they do not condone Kelly's actions, but say the domestic violence went both ways in his "toxic" relationship. WFAA found arrest records for Price from 2011, she was accused of assaulting Kelly at his home and refusing to leave.

Kelly's oldest son and cousin were on the phone with him the moments leading up to his death. They tried to talk him down and convince him to surrender to police, but he refused. T

"We followed the police cars and the chase and I had to make that decision to turn around. It was the hardest decision of my life," Tony's cousin said.

Kelly's 16-year-old son says his dad "was his best friend" and he he's feels alone. Watching Kelly's final moments play out in such a violent and public way has been tough on everyone in the family. Tony had six children, including two with Price, those sons are one and three-years-old.

Family members had tried to get Kelly and Price to stay away from each other, but said no matter how much they fought they'd always get back in tough. Wednesday night police say Price showed up at Kelly's work and they eventually went to a storage unit to pick up and RV with their two kids.

At some point Kelly shot Price and continued to drive the vehicle. Police say Kelly stopped his RV in Arlington after it caught fire during the chase, which went through several counties. He let his two young children out of the car before police heard a gunshot from inside the RV. It then went up in flames.

Police say Kelly stopped his RV in Arlington after it caught fire during the chase, which went through several counties. He let his two young children out of the car before police heard a gunshot from inside the RV. It then went up in flames.

The investigation is still underway.

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