A white police officer accused of murder in the fatal shooting of a black man at a gas station in Wolfe City, Texas, was fired.
Shaun Lucas, 22, was fired on Thursday for “his gross violation of city and police department policies,” Wolfe City said in a news release. Lucas was one of six peace officers, all white.
Wolfe City is located approximately 70 miles northeast of Dallas. Lucas had been on duty since April. Prior to that, he worked as a jailer for the Hunts County Sheriff̵
On Thursday, Mayor Sharion Scott and the city council expressed gratitude, saying in the press release that meetings in support of Price remained peaceful in the “united community.” They said they are joining in mourning Price’s death and the events of last week.
“We also ask to remember our city employees, many of whom have worked with both Mr. Price and Mr. Lucas as we finally begin the healing work of our city and the community at large,” the statement said.
Lucas had answered a call about a fight at a Kwik Chek gas station on Santa Fe Street, the Texas Rangers said Monday.
Lucas tried to restrain Price, who intervened after seeing a “man attack a woman,” according to Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Price’s family.
The Texas Rangers said Price held out “in a non-threatening posture and started walking away” and Lucas then fired a stun gun before “unloading his service weapon hitting Price”.
Price was taken to a hospital where he died.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that Agent Lucas’ actions were not reasonably reasonable,” the Texas Rangers said.
Lucas’ attorneys previously stated that he “discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law when confronted with an aggressive assailant attempting to take his” stun gun.
In a statement Tuesday, one of Lucas’ attorneys, Robert Rogers, said Price “did not claim to be an innocent, uninvolved party” when Lucas arrived on the scene, as Merritt implied.
Lucas’ attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. Lucas remains imprisoned with a $ 1 million bail.
Price played football in 2008 at Hardin-Simmons University, a private Baptist college in Abilene, Texas.
“Jonathan Price deserves justice only by virtue of his humanity,” Merritt said Monday before Lucas was arrested. “He was a great guy. He was a mentor. He was a hometown hero. He was a motivational speaker. He worked with children. He did all those things that deserve praise.
“But that’s not why he deserves justice. He deserves justice because he was a human citizen who didn’t break the law who was killed by a police officer,” Merritt said.