(WOLFE CITY, Texas) — An East Texas officer, accused of shooting a Black man to death, has been fired and faces murder charges.
Former Wolfe City police officer Shaun Lucas was taken into custody Monday, following the death of Jonathan Price, 31, over the weekend. He is being held on $1 million bond.
Price, who is Black, was at a gas station where he allegedly tried to break up a domestic dispute on Saturday night.
Former officer Lucas responded to the complaint and, according to the arrest affidavit, recorded Price via bodycam greeting him and extending a hand for a handshake.
Lucas said he believed that Price was intoxicated and tried executing an arrest, which Price allegedly stated that he “can’t be contained.”
The situation escalated, with Lucas grabbing Price by the arm and issuing formal demands that went ignored, eventually firing his taser at Price as he was walking away.
Lucas then discharged his firearm four times when Price turned and reached for the taser.
Price was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Lucas has retained the same attorney who represented Dallas police officer Amber Guyger last year, Robert Rogers.