2 dead, suspect arrested after crime spree begins in Fairfield

38-year-old Cortney Dion Price.
38-year-old Cortney Dion Price.(wbrc)
Published: Oct. 31, 2022 at 5:47 AM CDT
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FAIRFIELD, Ala. (WBRC) - Two people died Saturday night as a result of a crime spree that began at a hotel in Fairfield and ended in a high speed pursuit in Birmingham, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

It started at a hotel on Kelco Place in Fairfield Saturday evening. At around 5:30 p.m. deputies were called to investigate a shooting. They arrived to find a 30-year-old woman who had been shot. Witnesses say the woman had been arguing with a man, but when she tried to get away the man shot her. She was treated for her injuries but did not survive. She has been identified as Kernisha Jenay McClinon.

The man was later identified as 38-year-old Cortney Dion Price.

At around 6:39 p.m. deputies say Price emerged on Seminole Road in Fairfield and carjacked a family at gun point.

A few minutes later at around 6:43 p.m. a bicyclist was struck on nearby Grasselli Rd. The car did not stop and the bicyclist died on the scene. He has been identified as 60-year-old Ray B. Dover, Jr.

The stolen vehicle was later spotted near Erie Street in Birmingham. A pursuit began and a short time later Cortney Dion Price wrecked the car and was taken into custody.

Price is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with no bond.

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