Mother of suspect demands evidence in delivery driver killing

Mother of suspect demands evidence in delivery driver killing

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The mother of the man accused of gunning down a Domino's Pizza delivery driver on March 24 is demanding physical evidence that proves her son pulled the trigger.

Police arrested Michael Portis, 24, booking him with first-degree murder in the death of 36-year old Michael Price. Price was delivering pizzas in the Ninth Ward early in the morning when he was shot and killed.

Police said Crimestoppers tips helped them pinpoint Portis as the shooter.

"We received CrimeStoppers tips that gave us the name of a possible suspect. That information provided to detectives with additional information from the community, we were able to identify 24-year-old Michael Portis as the suspect," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said.

But Portis' mother thinks those tipsters were merely motivated by a $15,000 reward.

"Bring me a gun, bring me video, bring me proof that my child was the one that did it. My heart goes out to the pizza man and his family. My child wasn't raised to be a murderer," Portis' mother said.

She said SWAT teams were at her door early Wednesday morning as they served an arrest warrant and left with her son.

"He cried a little bit, and he told me, 'Momma, I'm sorry for all the trouble, but I'm innocent,'" she said.

The NOPD is standing fast with their arrest as the mayor believes tips from the community shows New Orleans is taking a new direction when it comes to fighting violent crime.

"The community came forward and helped bring information. The only way that we're going to beat the culture of violence in New Orleans is for the entire community to step up and say that it's unacceptable," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison echoed with a forceful reminder to anyone who plans to use violence as a tool.

"If crime is the life you choose then prison will be the price you pay," Harrison said. "You cannot hide and you cannot get away. We will pursue you relentlessly."

Our partners at | The Times-Picayune uncovered records that show Portis has a history of violence in his past, including armed robbery and weapons charges in New Orleans and Houston.

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