Affidavit: Wolfe City officer’s body cam captured deadly shooting, his attorney claims actions were justified
WOLFE CITY, Texas (KXII) - An affidavit obtained by News 12 states the confrontation between a white Wolfe City police officer and an unarmed Black man that resulted in a deadly shooting and the officer arrested for murder was captured on his body camera.
The court document states Officer Shaun Lucas, 22, responded to a disturbance at the Kwik Chek convenience store around 8:30 Saturday night. Lucas was greeted by Jonathan Price, 31, who stated, “you doing good,” extending his hand in a handshake gesture while coming very close to Officer Lucas. Price apologized for broken glass on the ground and stated someone had tried to “wrap me up.”
Lucas told Texas Rangers he believed Price to be intoxicated and attempted to detain him, and Price stated, “I can’t be detained.”
Lucas attempted to detain Price by grabbing Price’s arm and using verbal commands, which were both unsuccessful according to the affidavit.
Officer Lucas then produced a Taser and told Price to comply or the Taser would be applied. Price failed to comply and began to walk away.
“Officer Lucas deployed the Taser which was not fully effective,” the affidavit states. “While being Tased, Price continued to walk toward Officer Lucas. Price appeared to grab the end of Officer Lucas' Taser. Officer Lucas discharged his firearm four times striking Price in the upper torso. Price was later pronounced deceased at Hunt County Regional Hospital.”
Price’s family said he was trying to break up a fight between a couple outside the store.
Robert L. Rogers, the defense attorney representing Officer Lucas, claims he only shot Jonathan Price after he tried to grab his Taser.
The Texas Rangers say Lucas tried to detain Price, who resisted in what they call a “non-threatening posture,” and walked away.
Below is the attorney’s full statement, sent to News 12.
“Officer Lucas responded to a fight in progress call. He saw several people gathered at the front of the store. Mr. Price approached Officer Lucas. Mr. Price did not claim to be an uninvolved, innocent party. Officer Lucas told Mr. Price he was detained, and Mr. Price resisted. After Mr. Price refused repeated instructions and physically resisted, Officer Lucas deployed his taser and continued to give Mr. Price instructions. Mr. Price resisted the effects of the taser and attempted to take it away from Officer Lucas. Officer Lucas only discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law when he was confronted with an aggressive assailant who was attempting to take his taser.” - Defense Attorney Robert L. Rogers
A visitation for Price will be held Friday in Greenville. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wolfe City High School Football Field.
Lucas remains in the Rockwall County Jail on $1 million bond.
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