Kirk Vernell Price

Alleged Shooter in Custody After Killing Gym Owner

Yesterday we learned of the tragic shooting death of mixed martial arts and boxing gym owner, Fahness Lutalo.  44-year old Fahness died at the scene in Tustin, California.

Kirk Vernell Price
Kirk Vernell Price is seen in a booking photo released on March 25, 2016, by the Tustin Police Department.

Today, Kirk Vernell Price, 53, was taken into custody about 1:05 a.m. near the Orange County Jail, more than 12 hours after the incident.

According to KTLA: “Price, who was quickly identified as a suspect, was taken into custody early the following morning after being contacted by personnel with Orange County Sheriff’s Department near the jail, the release stated.

He was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held on $1 million bail, according to police and inmate records.

Price, a resident of Santa Ana, has “an extensive criminal history” that includes robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and parole violations, the release stated.

A motive for the crime remained unknown; police are still searching for the firearm used in the shooting, as well as the suspect’s vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked call Tustin police Detective Lomeli at 714-573-3250.”

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