The white Texas police officer who was charged with murder for fatally shooting Jonathan Price has been fired from the department.
According to CNN, Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas was “terminated for his egregious violation of the City’s and police department’s policies,” Wolfe City said in a statement.
Last week, Lucas was arrested and charged with murder for fatally shooting Price, a 31-year-old Black man. The Texas Rangers — an investigative law enforcement agency — said Lucas “attempted to detain Price, who resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away.” They also said that the former officer’s actions “were not objectionably reasonable.”
On Oct. 3, Price was allegedly trying to break up a fight at a local gas station. Witnesses claim he intervened between a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. When he stepped in, the man assaulted him.
Lucas arrived to the scene and Price asked, “You doing good?” multiple times and tried to shake the officer’s hand. Attorney Robert Rogers, who is representing Lucas, said his client thought the victim was intoxicated. According to the affidavit, Price allegedly told him, “I can’t be detained.”
“Officer Lucas continued to attempt to detain Price by grabbing Price’s arm and using verbal commands, which were both unsuccessful,” the affidavit says. The victim was then tased, but the device was not effective. Lucas then shot the Price four times in the upper torso. He later died at a local hospital.
Kyla Sanders was across the street at another store when she heard the gunshots ring out. “We were all in shock,” she said. “Why would a cop shoot somebody?” When she ran over to the scene, she realized the victim was someone she personally knew.
“We all love him and think so highly of him and [he was] just the nicest guy you could ever meet,” she told WFAA. “We’re all devastated, shocked; we don’t really know what to do or where to go from here.”
Marcella Louis, Price’s mother, said she wasn’t surprised to find out that her son stepped in to break up a fight. “That’s what he always did; tried to help others,” she said. “I taught him that all the years.”