Update (October 6, 2020): A Wolfe City police officer has been charged for shooting Jonathan Price outside of a gas station on Saturday evening.
Police in the city arrested Shaun David Lucas on Monday and set his bond at $1 million. According to a CBS DFW21, Price was helping a woman with a domestic violence situation and had largely resolved it when Lucas arrived.
In a statement, The Texas Rangers said Lucas tried to arrest Price but he “resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away.”
“Officer Lucas deployed his TASER, followed by discharging his service weapon striking Price. EMS was notified and Price was transported to Hunt Regional Hospital, where he later died,” the Texas Rangers statement said.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable. The Texas Rangers have charged Officer Lucas with the offense of Murder and booked him into the Hunt County Jail,” the statement added.
Lee Merritt, an attorney in Dallas, told CBS DFW21 that the police chief of the city had seen a video of the incident and “wasn’t happy with what he saw.“
“This is the first step. This man is dangerous and should not be out on bond. The family was relieved to hear of his arrest and are looking forward to his conviction,” Merritt said.
The news outlet also spoke with Price’s father, who said he wants to see what happens in the case.
“I want to see what the man gets… what he has coming to him for killing my son,” he said.
Original (October 5, 2020): A beloved former student-athlete in Texas was killed by police on Saturday after trying to break up a fight.
According to FOX4, Jonathan Price was at a gas station in Wolfe City, 70 miles northeast of Dallas, when he intervened in a confrontation between a man and woman.
Witnesses said an officer then responded to the incident and fired multiple shots as the fight escalated, killing the former Hardin-Simmons University football player.
“Didn't think that was the last time I would see him, he was walking out the truck, going with his friends with a smile on his face. He always smile. Now he’s gone,” Price’s mother, Marcella Louis, told FOX4.
The grieving mother said she hurried to the gas station when she heard her son had been shot.
“They wouldn’t let me get close to my baby,” she told WFAA. “I just wanted to hold his hands and they wouldn’t let me do that.”
Police said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. But investigators didn't release any more information on the case. The name of the shooter and victim is also withheld at this point. However, witnesses identified the shooter as a white officer, while family members confirmed Price's identity.
Developing Story: Family confirm, Jonathan Price was shot and killed last night by a Wolfe City police officer. They say he was breaking up a argument in a gas station parking lot.
The city says the Texas Rangers are investigating. @FOX4
— Steven Dial (@StevenDialFox4) October 4, 2020
“He had a good heart. He always tried to help others,” Louis told KTXS. “They took my son from me. They took my baby.”
Former Texas Rangers third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who grew up with Price, said the 31-year-old was doing the right thing when he was shot.
"He saw a man putting his hands on a woman and stepped in to stop the altercation," Middlebrooks said. "The man then fought him. Then the police shot him. He was unarmed. I’m heartbroken."
Jesse Burleson, who coached Price at HSU in 2008, expressed his devastation on Twitter.
"Lost one of our own in a terrible situation," the coach said. "Jonathan Price was an awesome young man during his time with Cowboy Football. Was only with us for a short time in 2008 but was always a Cowboy. Prayers for comfort and peace for Jonathan’s family."
Lost one of our own in a terrible situation. Jonathan Price was an awesome young man during his time with Cowboy Football. Was only with us for a short time in 2008 but was always a Cowboy. Prayers for comfort and peace for Jonathan’s family. #CowboyBrother
— Burleson (@BurlesonHSU) October 5, 2020
Dale Trompler, who coached the young man in high school, said he taught Price to do the right thing.
"I never thought that doing so would cost him his life," the coach said.
While protesters around the country expressed their outrage over the killing of George Floyd in June, Price went to Facebook to explain his perspective on law enforcement, KTXS reported.
"There were times I should have been detained for speeding, outstanding citations, outdated registration, dozing off at a red light before making it to my garage downtown Dallas after a lonnng night out," the young Black man wrote. "I've passed a sobriety test after leaving a bar in Wylie, Texas by 2 white cops and still let me drive to where I was headed, and by the way they consider Wylie, Texas to be VERY racist. I’ve never got that kind of ENERGY from the po-po."
According to WFAA, Priced is also remembered as a fitness trainer who was friendly to everyone.
“Everybody loved Jonathan. Everybody,” his sister, April Louis, said. “Black, white, Mexican, it doesn’t matter. He loved everybody. Everybody loved him.”
The community came together for a vigil at the gas station where Price was killed.
"The last thing I want to see is that town get torn to pieces because of this," Middlebrooks said. "Most people in that town are behind Jonathan and everything he was about and who he is and who he was as a person."