NEW: Wolfe City officer charged with murder in shooting death of Jonathan Price
The Texas Rangers, a statewide law enforcement division within the Texas Department of Public Safety, have arrested Wolfe City, Texas police officer Shaun Lucas and charged him with one count of Murder in the officer-involved shooting death of Jonathan Price.
The agency has been tasked with investigating the incident, which took place late Saturday evening. While the Wolfe City Police Department has not released much information due to the investigation, the Texas Department of Public Safety has made available the following official statement:
“At approximately 8:24PM 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.”
Officer Lucas was booked into the Hunt County jail on Monday evening, but later bonded out.