The Texas cop who shot and killed an unarmed man who was doing nothing more than breaking up a fight between a man and woman inside a convenience store has been arrested and charged with murder, according to Lee Merritt, attorney representing the victim’s family.
Shaun Lucas has been identified as the Wolfe City police officer who shot Jonathan Price Saturday night while responding to a call of domestic violence between the man and woman.
Price, 31, tried to break up the fight and was assaulted by the man. When police arrived, he raised his hands but was tasered. He was then shot and killed when his body went into convulsions which the cop took as a threat.
Lucas shot him in the back and chest, according to witnesses. The names and race of the man and woman fighting have not been released.
The decision to charge Lucas was made after an investigation by the Texas Rangers which released the following statement.
“At approximately 8:24 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2020, Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas responded to a disturbance call at the 100 block of Santa Fe Street for a possible fight in progress. Officer Lucas made contact with a man, later identified as 31-year-old Jonathan Price, who was reportedly involved in the disturbance. Officer Lucas attempted to detain Price, who resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away. Officer Lucas deployed his TASER, followed by discharging his service weapon striking Price. EMS was notified and Price was transported to Hunt Regional Hospital, where he later died. The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable. The Texas Rangers have charged Officer Lucas with the offense of Murder and booked him into the Hunt County Jail. This investigation is being conducted by the Texas Rangers, with the cooperation of the Wolfe City Police Department and the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office. No additional information is being released at this time.”
There is video footage of the shooting that has also not been released but probably explains the speed it took to arrest Lucas.
According to CBS-DFW.
Monday afternoon, Price’s family said there is video proof that the shooting was a criminal act and they want justice.
“The chief saw the video and told me he wasn’t happy with what he saw,” Merritt said.
Lucas was booked into the Hunt County Detention Center Monday night on a $1 million bond, according to KETR.
This is a breaking story that we will continue to develop as more information becomes available.