White Officer Charged with Murder After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Black Man Who Attorney Says Intervened in Domestic Dispute
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Shaun Lucas — a Wolfe City, Texas, police officer who fatally shot unarmed 31-year-old Black man Jonathan Price — has been arrested and charged with Price’s murder.

In a statement released Monday night, the Texas Rangers confirmed that Lucas was indicted and booked into the Hunt County Jail.

CBS Dallas added that Lucas was later transferred to the Rockwall County Jail, and that his bond has been set at $1 million.

Per the Texas Rangers, at approximately 8:24 p.m. on October 3, Lucas responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of Santa Fe Street for a possible altercation in progress.

At the scene, Lucas made contact with Price and attempted to detain him.

Authorities say that when Price “resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away,” Lucas deployed his Taser and then shot Price with his service weapon.

Price was transported to Hunt Regional Hospital, where he later died.

Based on their preliminary investigation, the Texas Rangers say “the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable.”

CNN on Monday says it is not clear if Lucas has retained a lawyer.

The news channel also obtained a statement from civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who said Price “intervened” in a domestic dispute but that it was “resolved before law enforcement arrived, according to witnesses.”

Merritt also said Price “did not become violent” but that there was allegedly “a male who was aggressive towards a woman” during the incident.

“Why this officer still felt the need to Tase and shoot Jonathan is beyond comprehension,” the lawyer added.

CNN reports that Price was a Wolfe City employee who played football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

Hunt County residents also spoke to CBS Dallas and described Price as a “hometown hero,” a “stand-up guy,” and a “mentor who worked with children.”

“I loved my son, and I tried to bring him up to do the right thing,” Price’s father Junior was quoted saying via CNN.

Merritt told CNN that there is surveillance and police bodycam video that “likely caught what happened.”

“We want to see a copy of the video. We want to see the official police reports,” the attorney added.

In addition to the Texas Rangers, the Wolfe City Police Department and the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office are conducting investigations into Price’s death.

Over the weekend, former Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks, who says Price was one of his childhood friends, organized a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Price’s memorial and funeral.

As of Tuesday morning, the page has raised over $80,000.

Our condolences go out to Jonathan’s family and loved ones for their tragic loss.

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