Rookie Wolfe policeman Shaun Lucas, 22, is facing murder charges for reportedly shooting Jonathan Price, 31, at a Kwik Check gasoline station. The lawyer representing the Texas cop claimed his client’s actions were justified. Witnesses indicated that Price was ending a fight between a few when he was killed.
KXII obtained a bench warrant which stated that upon Lucas’ arrival to the scene, Price approached him to shake his hand and asked, “You doing good?” Price reportedly also apologized for the broken glass on the bottom, explaining that somebody had tried to “wrap me up.”
Wolfe City police asked Texas Rangers to research the controversial officer-related shooting. Lucas told Texas Rangers that he believed Price was intoxicated which Price said, “I can’t be detained” as he tried to detain him.
The affidavit submitted stated that Lucas grabbed Price’s arm and issued verbal commands before brandishing a Taser and ordering Price to comply. Price allegedly didn’t comply and began to steer away, leading Lucas to deploy his Taser.
“While being Tased, Price continued to steer toward Officer Lucas. Price seemed to grab the top of Officer Lucas’ Taser. Officer Lucas discharged his firearm [a] four[th] time striking Price within the upper torso. Price was later pronounced deceased at Hunt County Regional Hospital,” the document stated, consistent with KXII.
“Officer Lucas only discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law when he was confronted with an aggressive assailant who was attempting to require his Taser,” Rogers said during a statement issued to the news outlet.
However, in a statement issued to CrimeOnline, the Texas Department of Public Safety said that the Texas Rangers’ preliminary investigation suggested Lucas’ actions weren’t objectionably reasonable. The agency also said Price resisted during a non-threatening posture.
KXII further reported that Lucas’ bodycam filmed the deadly encounter. As of Wednesday, the footage has not been released to the general public.
Lucas was placed on administrative leave in reference to the shooting. He remains jailed on $1 million bails.