Arrest made in slaying of Domino's Pizza driver

Arrest made in slaying of Domino's Pizza driver

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department arrests a man suspected of killing a Domino's pizza delivery driver in the Ninth Ward. Officers arrested Michael Portis, 24, Wednesday around 7 a.m. at a residence in the 4900 block of Pauger Street.

They believe he is responsible for the shooting death of Michael Price, 36, last Tuesday around 1 a.m.

"This was a senseless killing. He did not deserve this," said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.

Price was found dead in his car in the 6100 block of North Roman Street with pizzas he intended to deliver.

After the murder of Price, Domino's pizza drivers will now only accept credit cards after 10 p.m. in certain areas.

This change is one of several new steps Domino's is taking to protect drivers. The pizza chain will no longer making deliveries to the Lower Ninth Ward after dark.

Robert Tedesco, vice president of Domino's, said that his restaurants record voices when someone orders a pizza and track every computer order to help protect its employees.

Portis is charged with first degree murder.

"If crime is the life you choose, then prison is the price you will pay," Harrison said.

"All of the murders in this city put a dagger through the heard and soul of this city. They all matter," added Mayor Mitch Landrieu. He said that public involvement is critical to the safety of the city.

Crimestoppers will pay a $15,000 reward for the information that led to Portis' arrest.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this shooting, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. The NOPD said through help from the community, it was able to identify Portis as a suspect.

"We will continue to build our case to bring absolute justice for Michael Price," Harrison said.

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