Texas officer fired following fatal store shooting

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Wolfe City (Texas) police officer Shaun Lucas. Photo provided by Texas Rangers.

WOLFE CITY, Texas  (NewsNation Now) — Wolfe City officer Shaun Lucas was fired from the department Thursday following his murder charge in the shooting of resident Jonathan Price.

A statement from the City of Wolfe said Lucas, 22, was fired for “his egregious violation” of city and police department policy

“As the Mayor and Council of Wolfe City we want to extend our gratitude that the gatherings in support of Mr. Price and his family have remained peaceful. Wolfe City is a tight-knit community, and we join you in mourning Jonathan’s death and the events of the last week. We also ask that you remember our City employees, many of whom worked with both Mr. Price and Mr. Lucas as we eventually begin the work of healing our town and the community at large,”

City of Wolfe City

Lucas shot and killed Price, 31, while responding to a “possible fight in progress” at a convenience store on Saturday evening, according to the arrest affidavit.

Lucas made contact with Price, who was reportedly involved in the disturbance, and Price “resisted in a non-threatening posture and began walking away,” the Texas Rangers said. Lucas used a stun gun before shooting Price, who was taken to a hospital and died, the statement said.

Lucas had been with the Wolfe City Police Department for a little less than six months when the shooting took place, according to records from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. His prior law enforcement experience had been working as a jailer with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office for about five months.

Lucas remains in jail on $1 million bond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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