Shaun Lucas is a police officer in Wolfe City, Texas, accused of murder in the shooting of Jonathan Price. His family said that 31-year-old Price was shot and killed by Lucas, 22, after interfering in a domestic fight between a man and a woman at a gas station in the small northeast of Texas on Saturday 3 October.
The attack was investigated by Texas Rangers, a statewide police agency and part of the state’s Department of Public Security, and Lucas was charged with murder on October 5.
Texas Cop Charged With Murder in Jonathan Price Shooting
Lee Merritt, a lawyer working with Price’s family, posted on Twitter after Lucas’ arrest, “It didn’t happen quickly. It must be the day he killed JP. John should still be here. This is the first step. Let’s bring this to justice. ”
Born in Wolfe City, a former high school sports star and a city public works employee who also runs his own personal training business, Price was popularly loved by his family and friends. On social media and at a watch held Monday night before Lucas’s arrest, many saw support calling for justice for Price.
He was known as a hometown hero in Wolfe City. Merritt said about Price on Facebook, a motivational speaker, coach, professional athlete and community advocate – loved by many. Wolfe City is home to about 1,400 people and Texas is located about 24 km north of Commerce and about 70 miles north of Dallas. City and police department officials did not comment beyond a brief statement saying that the Texas Rangers had investigated and the officer now identified as Lucas was on administrative leave.
Lucas responded at around 8:24 pm, according to the press release from the Texas Department of Public Security. To a “call for mayhem” for “a possible fight” in 100 blocks of Santa Fe Street. Witnesses said the attack occurred at the Exxon gas station and the Kwik Chek market.
Texas Rangers said in a statement: “Lucas contacted a man identified as Jonathan Price, 31, who was later reported to be involved in the confusion. Officer Lucas tried to detain Price, who resisted in a non-threatening stance and began to walk away. Officer Lucas placed his Taser and then unloaded the service gun that hit Price. He was reported to EMS, and PRice was transferred to Hunt District Hospital, where he later died. ”
According to the press release, “The preliminary investigation shows that Officer Lucas’ actions were unreasonable as objectionable.” Police said the investigation led to a murder charge. “No additional information is currently published.” It is unknown whether the footage was recorded on video, surveillance video at the gas station, or a police dashboard camera or body camera.
Merritt, a lawyer working with Price’s family, said on Facebook on Sunday that “he noticed a man attacked a woman and intervened. When the police came to me, I was told that he had raised his hands and tried to explain what had happened. The police shocked him, and when his body was shaken by the electric current, he “detected a threat” and shot him to death. ”
Lucas Is Being Held at the Hunt County Jail on $1 Million Bail
Lucas is being held in Hunt County Detention Center on $ 1 million bail after he was jailed on Monday night, October 5th. It is unclear when Lucas will appear on court for the first time.
It’s also unclear whether he hired a lawyer who could comment on his behalf, and whether he was contacted by Heavy before he was arrested, and he is one of three police officers working for Lucas. tiny City of Wolfe Police Department. The other two officers are Matthew Martin, the city’s police chief, and Sergeant Jarred Hayes. It is unclear how long Lucas, 22, worked for the City of Wolfe Police Department. Details of his personnel record while in force were also not disclosed, and it is unclear whether he had previously faced complaints or was involved in use of force.
Unlike Price, Lucas is not well known in the small town of Wolfe City, according to social media posts from residents. Lucas did not grow up in Wolfe City. His prison records show he lived in Greenville, Texas, 20 miles from where the attack occurred. Public records show that he has lived there since 2018.
According to public records, Lucas previously lived in Lone Oak, Forney, Corpus Christi and Rockwall, Texas. He lived on Rockwall from 2007 to 2016. Price, who will turn 32 in November, grew up in Wolfe City and graduated from Wolfe City High School according to his Facebook profile. He studied at Hardin-Simmons University where he played football for a season and Sam Houston State University before returning to his hometown and working in the municipal affairs department. He also founded Repetitive Reps, a personal training company and known in the community as “Coach Price”.
Wolfe City resident Kyle Sanders said that WFAA Price is “the mainstay of the community.” “We all love him and we highly praise him and he is the best man you can meet. We are all devastated, shocked, we really don’t know what to do or where to go from here. ”
Price’s childhood friend, former MLB third fielder Will Middlebrooks, launched a GoFundMe campaign to help Price’s family pay for the memorial and funeral.
Lucas is charged with murder and faces 5 to 99 years in prison if convicted.
“The investigation is being conducted by Texas Rangers in collaboration with the City of Wolfe Police Department and the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office,” the Department of Public Security press release said.
Texas Rangers have investigated other high-profile cases of police shooting in Texas in recent years. Rangers conducted the investigation into the shooting of Dallas man Botham Jean, who was killed in his apartment in 2018 by Amber Guyger, a non-Dallas officer. Jean’s neighbor Guyger was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In prison in October 2019. After 5 years of hospitalization, he will be entitled to parole.
Another Dallas area officer, Roy Oliver, who works for the Balch Springs Police Department, was accused of murder in April 2017 shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was killed by Oliver when the officer replied loudly. Party. Oliver was convicted of murder in 2018 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.