A small-town Texas police officer who was charged with the murder of Jonathan Price on Monday has been fired, authorities said Thursday.
Shaun Lucas, a white Wolfe City police officer for less than six months, responded to calls for a disturbance at a supermarket on Saturday night. In the store, he attempted to arrest Jonathan Price, a 31-year-old black man who, according to a statement released by the Texas Rangers, “resisted in a non-threatening manner and walked away.”
Jonathan Price offered a handshake and asked the officer if he was “good”. AFFIDAVIT SHOWS
Lucas used a stun gun on Price and shot him. Price was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Lucas was charged with murder Monday, and the city said it was “necessary to conduct an administrative investigation into Mr. Lucas’ wrongdoing” before he was fired for “grossly violating city and police policies.”
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“As Wolfe City Mayor and Councilor, we would like to thank you for ensuring that the gatherings in support of Mr. Price and his family have been peaceful,” the city’s statement said.
“Wolfe City is a close community, and we grieve with you for Jonathan’s death and the events of the past week.”
The population of Wolfe City is approximately 1,500.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.