Who is officer Shaun Lucas? Wolfe City cop fired after shooting and killing Black man trying to break a fight
UPDATE: Lucas was fired from office on Thursday, October 8, for 'his egregious violation of the city's and police department's policies,' after being charged with murder.
Jonathan Price, a Black man, was allegedly shot dead by a Wolfe City police officer on Saturday night, October 3, officials with the Texas Rangers confirmed. While earlier the name of the officer wasn't disclosed, he was later identified as Shaun Lucas.
Price's family said, that Price died after being shot three times by the officer. The incident happened at the Kwik Chek, a gas station convenience store, located at 103 S. Santa Fe Street in downtown Wolfe City, at the intersection of Santa Fe Street and Franklin Street.
32-year-old Price worked for the City of Wolfe City Municipal Works Department, according to Terrence Wright, who identified himself as Price's cousin. Price lived most of his life in Wolfe City and was well known locally, according to multiple locals who gathered at the Kwik Chek on Sunday, October 4, as reported by KLTV.
American Civil rights lawyer Lee Merrit took a post to Instagram where he said he'll do "whatever it takes to get justice for JP." Describing Price, Merrit wrote, "His name was #JohnathanPrice. In Wolfe City, TX he was known as a hometown hero. Motivational speaker, trainer, professional athlete and community advocate— he was dearly loved by so many. Yesterday he noticed a man assaulting a woman and he intervened. When police arrived, I’m told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on. Police fired tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they “perceived a threat” and shot him to death. A link to support his family is in my bio. I have spoken to the family and have agreed to do whatever it takes to get justice for JP."
Who is officer Shaun Lucas?
Officer Shaun Lucas allegedly killed Price on Saturday. Later, on Sunday, October 4 morning, Wolfe City's local government, issued a Facebook statement saying, "On October 3, 2020 an officer involved shooting occurred in Wolfe City. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of this matter by the Texas Rangers. No further information is available for release at this time."
As soon as the name of the officer was revealed, netizens started posting an officer's picture, and one Internet user posted his picture and pointed out a band in his hand, which read, "Back the Blue," the post reads, "Shaun Lucas is the officer who killed #JonathanPrice. He allegedly refused to perform life-saving measures after shooting the unarmed man multiple times. He's on paid leave. He's seen here wearing a bracelet that says "Back the Blue". #JusticeForJonathan."
Shaun Lucas is the officer who killed #JonathanPrice. He allegedly refused to perform life-saving measures after shooting the unarmed man multiple times. He's on paid leave. He's seen here wearing a bracelet that says "Back the Blue". #JusticeForJonathan pic.twitter.com/orNUbde5TM— melissa stout (@mellierenee) October 5, 2020