An Alabama doctor says he and a patient tried to help a woman who was shot to death inside the medical office when she fled there after a fight with her husband.

Dr. Jay Patel tells reporters he was in an examination room Monday morning when he heard screams in the waiting room of his office in Jemison.

Patel says a woman identified by police as Leaj Price was trying to get inside, but a man was pulling her away.

Patel says he and a patient encouraged the man to free the woman until he pulled out a gun.

The doctor says that he got patients and workers into a back area and that the woman's screams stopped after a bang.

The woman's 25-year-old husband, Eric Heath Price, is charged with murder.