Shaun Lucas has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of Jonathan Price, an unarmed Black man who was shot by police, while attempting to break up a fight. But Shaun Lucas alleges that he shot Price because he was resisting and attempting to grab his taser.
According to CBS 11 News, the Defense Attorney for Shaun Lucas, Robert L. Rogers, stated:
“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. “
On Tuesday, Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker issued a statement concerning the case that said, in part, “Though an arrest has been made, our office has not received the case from the Texas Rangers as it remains an active and ongoing investigation. As is customary, this case will be filed with our office once the investigation is complete,” according to CBS 11 News
Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the family, stated, “A prosecutor is responsible, they have investigators in that office, who are responsible to coordinate with the Texas Rangers. This is not the Texas Rangers investigation alone, but it is the responsibility of the elected prosecutor of Hunt County to actively participate in this investigation, to lead and direct the Rangers.”
It was also reported that Lucas has been on the force less than six months, before this incident took place.
As previously reported, Lucas was arrested and held on $1 million bond.
We’ll keep you updated, Roomies.