A man wanted for murder was arrested Saturday, June 15 by Kerens Police Department.
Around 7:30 p.m., Officer Raymond Ivy responded to a call about information on a wanted person at a home in Kerens.
At the home, Ivy met with the caller and encountered the suspect, who gave the officer a false name before running away.
Officer Ivy chased him, establishing a perimeter until Kerens Police Sgt. Roy Ivey arrived.
Witnesses quickly informed Officer Ivy of the suspect's true identity, Anthony Laquinn Price, 24, and told officers that Price was armed and wanted for murder.
According to reports, Officer Ivy and Sgt. Ivey entered a thick wooded area where Price was hiding, capturing him without incident.
When found, Price was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun.
Price, who again refused to provide the officers with his identity, was taken into custody to Kerens Police Department, where he would later confirm his true identity in an interview with Kerens PD Chief Bryan Miers.
Over the next several hours, Miers continued the interview with Price, who reportedly “gave a bone chilling, heartless, full-blown confession about the murder he committed and was wanted for in Amarillo a few weeks ago.”
Officers confirmed that Price was wanted by the United States Marshals Service and Amarillo Police Department for murder.
“Price showed no remorse for the man he killed and ultimately confessed to a shooting of another man in Amarillo in April of this year,” he said.
“He gave us a very, very disturbing interview,” Miers told the Daily Sun.
“During the interview, he actually admitted to another shooting that Amarillo Police Department was investigating,” Miers said.
According to reports, the second shooting that Price confessed to was later confirmed by authorities. Miers learned that the Amarillo Police Department was investigating the case, but did not have a suspect until now.
Miers contacted the U.S. Marshal in charge of Price's murder case, as well as a Homicide Detective from the Amarillo Police Department, who spoke via conference call to determine the next course of action in the investigation.
Eventually, Price was booked into the Navarro County Justice Center where he remains on charges of murder, evading arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to identify, with bonds totaling $602,000. Additional charges are expected to follow.
According to Miers, Marshals had been searching for Price, who was suspected to be in Navarro County, since late May. However, Kerens PD had not yet been notified of the Marshals' search.
“We are so happy that we have citizens who care enough and are brave enough to speak up and help keep people like this out of our community,” said Miers. “Equally, we are proud to report that this is one more example of our officers fighting everyday to keep our community safe. We praise God, that no one was injured during the capture of this hardened killer as this incident could have had a much different outcome.”
Miers said Kerens PD will continue working with U.S. Marshals and Amarillo PD on this investigation.