A Texas police officer has been charged with murder on Monday night in connection to the fatal shooting of a young black man, Jonathan Price.
As reported by CBS, Wolfe City police officer Shaun David Lucas has been charged with the death of 31-year-old Price.
Lucas is being held on a $1 million bond, the report stated.
Price, described as a “pillar of the community” intervened in a domestic feud between a man and a woman at a Wolfe City gas station, shortly after which he was tased and shot by the officer who responded to the call.
Described as a “hometown hero”, “standup guy,” and “mentor who worked with children,” Those who spoke out about Price stated that they are unable to see any reason why a police officer would kill him.
Users on social media were quick to point out that Price had recently made Facebook posts defending the police, citing his own positive experiences with law enforcement, and encouraging unity and mutual respect between the black community and police officers.
Price’s father, Junior Price, provided a statement in regards to the killing of his son, stating, “I want to see what the man gets… what he has coming to him for killing my son.”
The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting. They sent CBS 11 News the following statement Monday night:
“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.”