GARDENDALE, Ala. – Police have released more details about a violent crime that happened inside the home of a minister and his family in northern Jefferson County. The minister’s wife died of her injuries.
The incident happened Thursday just before 2:30 p.m. inside a home on Country Meadow Drive in Gardendale that is owned by Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, where Rev. Greer is the senior pastor.
Gardendale Police said Rev. Dr. Terry Greer, 54, shot his wife and daughter. The daughter was able to get the gun from her father, and then ran out of the home to call police.
Police say Rev. Greer got a kitchen knife and went to the bathroom, where he stabbed himself several times.
Officers got inside the home and stopped Greer from hurting himself further. They restrained him and got him medical treatment, along with his wife and daughter.
His wife, Lisa Greer, died overnight at UAB Hospital. She was 52 years old. The daughter, Suzanna Greer, 18, is in stable condition at UAB, as is Rev. Greer. He is under guard.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has murder and attempted murder warrants for Rev. Greer. They plan to arrest him as soon as he is released from the hospital.
Rev. Greer had been off duty from his job for a few months recovering from injuries he suffered in a car wreck.
Rev. Greer has several ties to north Alabama. He has previously served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Decatur, and served in the U.S. Army for nine years. According to his bio on Gardendale Mt. Vernon’s web site, Greer’s last military assignment was on the staff of the Deputy Commanding General at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.
Greer graduated from Northeast State Community College in Powell, where he earned his Associate of Arts Degree. He then continued his education at Athens State University in Athens, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion with a focus on New Testament studies.
Lisa Greer, formerly Lisa Eidson of Scottsboro, graduated from Birmingham-Southern with a degree in elementary education. She taught in public schools for 27 years.
Their daughter, Suzanna, graduated from Decatur High School. She now attends the University of South Alabama.
The church is offering counseling to its members.
Gardendale Police wished to express its sympathy to church members and the Greer family.
“Our hope is that the church and community will support Ms. Greer during the aftermath of this tragic incident and beyond,” the Police Department said in a statement.