A Texas police officer accused of shooting a 31-year-old man to death on Saturday night was arrested on a murder charge, the Texas Department of Public Security said Monday night.
State Officer Shaun Lucas, a Wolfe City police officer, failed to take reasonable action in the bout that killed Jonathan Price, 31, a former Hardin-Simmons University football player.
The department said Lucas responded to a nuisance call about a possible fight taking place at around 8:24 pm. and made contact with Price. Lucas “attempted to arrest Price, who resisted in a non-threatening position and started walking away,” according to DPS.
Lucas used a Taser stun gun on Price, “followed by discharging his service weapon by hitting Price,” the department said. Price was taken to a hospital where he died.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that Agent Lucas’ actions were not reasonably reasonable,” Texas DPS said in a statement. Texas Rangers accused him of murder.
Price’s family attorney, Lee Merritt, said the incident began when Price spotted a man assaulting a woman at the gas station.
“When the police arrived, I was told, they raised their hands and tried to explain what was going on,” Merritt said in an Instagram post Sunday. “The police shot him with tasers and when his body convulsed from the electric current,” they sensed a threat “and shot him to death.”
Merritt said in a statement on the platform that Monday’s arrest should have come sooner. “This is the first step. Let’s move on to justice,” wrote Merritt.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Lucas had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf late Monday.
Wolfe City said in a statement Sunday that the officer involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Texas Rangers.
The shooting took place at a gas station in Wolfe City, which is a city about 1,500 and 60 miles northeast of Dallas.
The Wolfe City Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.