- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police arrested a man Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a Domino’s pizza delivery driver whose death sparked an outpouring of community support for the family he left behind.

Michael Portis, 24, was arrested without incident at his home, police chief Michael Harrison said at a news conference.

Portis faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Michael Price, 36, who was shot inside his car on March 24. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Harrison said tips from the community led to Portis’ arrest.

Price is survived by a wife and three children, ages 2-8. News of his death led to an outpouring of support from the community, including a fundraising effort for his family.

“One person in the community handed a delivery driver a thousand dollar check,” Robert Tedesco, a regional vice president for Domino’s franchisee RPM Pizza LLC, said at the news conference.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, while decrying all homicides in the city, said Price’s death “was a bit more personal” because of help Domino’s was providing the city’s police recruitment efforts.

“Just a couple of weeks before this, Domino’s, at my urging for all businesses in the city, stepped forward and said they wanted to be a part of the solution and became an integral part of recruiting men and women who could be on the NOPD,” Landrieu said.

Darlene Cusanza of the New Orleans Crimestoppers organization said reward money in the Price case totaled about $15,000. She did not know how many people who provided information may qualify for a share of the reward money.

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