Wolfe City police officer Shaun David Lucas (pictured) was taken into custody on Monday and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of Jonathan Price
A Texas cop has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the slaying of a 31-year-old city worker who was ‘tasered and shot three times’ while walking away after trying to break up a domestic violence situation at a gas station.
Wolfe City police officer Shaun David Lucas, 22, was taken into custody over the fatal shooting of Jonathan Price who is said to have intervened when he saw a man and woman brawling inside an Exxon gas station in Wolfe City on Saturday at 8.30pm just moments before he was shot.
Within hours of his arrest, Lucas posted his $1million bond.
Philadelphia-based civil rights lawyer, Lee Merritt, who is representing Price’s family, told CBS that the arrest of Lucas ‘is the first step’.
‘This man is dangerous and should not be out on bond. The family was relieved to hear of his arrest and are looking forward to his conviction,’ Merritt added.
Price’s family members said their loved one approached the fighting couple but was immediately assaulted by the man.
Witnesses said Price tried to break up the fight inside the store, but the altercation spilled outside.
Merritt said he’s been informed that when police arrived at the scene, Price raised his hands and attempted to inform the officers exactly what had happened. But instead he was tasered and shot multiple times.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said Lucas tried to detain Price, who ‘resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away’.
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Lucas was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of Jonathan Price (pictured) who is said to have intervened when he saw a man and woman brawling inside an Exxon gas station in Wolfe City on Saturday at 8.30pm
The aftermath of the shooting was captured on a Facebook live video by a bystander
Philadelphia-based civil rights lawyer, Lee Merritt, who is representing Price’s family, said the arrest of Lucas ‘is the first step’ toward justice
‘Police fired tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they “perceived a threat” and shot him to death,’ Merritt said, adding that nobody else was harmed.
Merritt said he is working with the family to ‘get justice’ for Price, hailing him as a ‘hometown hero’.
‘Motivational speaker, trainer, professional athlete and community advocate— he was dearly loved by so many,’ Merritt wrote to Facebook. ‘He noticed a man assaulting a woman and he intervened.’
Price was reportedly shot once in the chest and twice in the back, and later died from his injuries. No details have been confirmed by police.
A former athlete who also played football for Humboldt State University, Price was employed by the city in its public works department at the time of his death and also worked as a fitness trainer.
A witness who was in a store across the street when the fatal shots rang out recognized the victim as Price, and described him as a ‘pillar of the community’.
‘We all love him and think so highly of him and just the nicest guy you could ever meet,’ Kyla Sanders told WFAA-TV.
Footage of the aftermath of the shooting was captured by Hunt County Theft Reports, showing scores of bystanders gathered outside the gas stations under the glare of several flashing lights.
A witness who was in a store across the street when the fatal shots rang out recognized the victim as Price, and described him as a ‘pillar of the community.’
Price’s mother, Marcella Louis, said Price was her only son. She said the world has ‘lost a hero’ following Saturday’s tragic shooting
The Exxon gas station where the incident occurred Saturday is shown in the above image
Price’s mother, Marcella Louis, said Price was her only son. She said the world has ‘lost a hero’ following Saturday’s tragic shooting.
‘They took my son from me,’ she told the station through tears. ‘They took my baby.’
Louis said she raced to the gas station after receiving a call that he’d been shot.
‘They wouldn’t let me get close to my baby,’ she said. ‘I just wanted to hold his hands and they wouldn’t let me do that. I just wanted to crawl over there.’
Wolfe City, located around an hour northeast of Dallas, has a population of about 1,500 people.
Price’s family and friends said he was well known in the area, mainly for his supportive and giving heart.
‘Everybody loved Jonathan. Everybody,’ said his sister, April Louis. ‘Black, white, Mexican, it doesn’t matter. He loved everybody. Everybody loved him.’
Price’s childhood friend Will Middlebrooks, a former professional baseball player, wrote on social media that Price was ‘singled out’ while trying to break up a fight at a gas station.
Middlebrooks said Price had his hands in the air when an officer shot him.
‘See this face? This is the face of one of my childhood friends. The face of my first ever favorite teammate,’ Middlebrooks wrote alongside pictures of Price in a Facebook post that was also shared on Twitter.
‘The face of a good man. But unfortunately it’s the face of a man whose life was taken away from him last night with his hands in the air, while a small town East Texas cop shot him once in the chest and then twice in the back.
‘Why? Bc he was trying to break up a fight at a gas station… for some reason he was singled out. I’ll let you do the math.’
In June, Price posted on Facebook that he had never had a negative encounter with police
A former athlete who also played football for Humboldt State University, Price was employed by the city in its public works department at the time of his death and also worked as a fitness trainer
Middlebrooks added: ‘There’s no excuses this time…”he was a criminal”… Nope, not this time. “He resisted arrest, just comply with the cops.” Nope that one doesn’t work this time either. This was purely an act of racism. Period. So, for all you that think this is all bullsh**, you need to check yourself.’
In a video posted on Facebook, Middlebrooks called for calm in Wolfe City, saying Price would not want his hometown ‘torn to pieces,’ a reference to the unrest spurred by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
In June, Price posted on Facebook that he had never had a negative encounter with police.
‘There were times I should have been detained for speeding, outstanding citations, outdated registration, dozing off at a red light before making it to my garage downtown Dallas after a lonnng night out,’ Price said. ’I’ve passed a sobriety test after leaving a bar in Wylie, Texas by 2 white cops and still let me drive to where I was headed, and by the way they consider Wylie, Texas to be VERY racist. I’ve never got that kind of ENERGY from the po-po.’
‘Not saying black lives don’t matter, but don’t forget about your own, or your experiences through growth / “waking up,”’ Price said.
The family held a candlelight vigil for Price on Monday evening.
Middlebrooks has set up a GoFundMe page for the family, to help with funeral and legal costs.
The Wolfe City Police Department has not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for comment.