Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest in New Year’s day murder that was mis-classified as an overdose

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – 28-year-old Bryan Keith Price is behind bars in connection with the shooting death of Joah Ross.

Picture courtesy of East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

Baton Rouge Police say, the arrest was made with the help of an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers.

Ross, 26, was killed in January on New Year’s day. Initially, the East Baton Rouge Coroners Office ruled Ross’ death as an overdose. Ross’ remains were then released to Hall Davis and Son’s Funeral Home where a worker noticed Ross had actually been shot.

The East Baton Rouge Coroners Office retracted the cause of death saying, “an error caused the scene to be treated as an overdose investigation, rather than a homicide investigation.” It was later revealed, during the require physical examination, W. Shane Tindall, an EBRPCO investigator overlooked the bullet wound.

On January 23, Shane Evans with the coroners office said, following the misclassifications of the death, W. Shane Tindall did received a written warning for a “recent failure that occurred during the death investigation that followed the passing of Joah Ross.”

EBRPCO later ruled Ross’ death a homicide.

Thursday, May 28, Price, of 2567 Osceola St., was arrested by a BRPD detectives.

Price is facing these charges:

  • Second Degree Murder
  • Illegal Use of a Weapon

Price is currently in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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