A Texas police officer accused of fatally shot and killed a 31-year-old man on Saturday night was arrested for murder, the Texas Department of Public Security said Monday evening.
Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas failed to take adequate action in the encounter that killed 31-year-old Jonathan Price, a former Hardin Simmons University soccer player.
The department said Lucas responded to a fault call about a possible fight around 8:24 p.m. and contacted Price. Lucas “tried to hold on to Price, who resisted in a non-threatening stance and walked away,” said DPS.
Lucas used a taser stun gun on Price, “followed by unloading his service gun on Price,” the department said. Price was taken to a hospital where he died.
“The preliminary investigation found that Officer Lucas’ actions were not objectionable,” Texas DPS said in a statement. The Texas Rangers charged him with murder.
An attorney for Price’s family, Lee Merritt, said the incident began when Price noticed a man attacking a woman at the gas station.
“When the police arrived, he raised his hands and tried to explain what was going on,” Merritt said in an Instagram post on Sunday. “The police fired Taser at him and when his body was shaken by the electric current, they saw a threat and shot him.”
Merritt said in a statement posted on the platform that the arrest should have taken place earlier Monday. “This is step one. Let’s take it to court,” Merritt wrote.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Lucas had an attorney to speak on his behalf late Monday.
Wolfe City said in a statement Sunday that the official involved in the shooting had been taken on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Texas Rangers.
The shooting took place at a gas station in Wolfe City, a town about 1,500 and 60 miles northeast of Dallas.
The Wolfe City Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday evening.