Black ‘Good Samaritan’ shot and killed by Texas police as he broke up domestic violence fight

Graeme Massie
·2 min read
A Black man was shot and killed by Texas police as he tried to intervene in a domestic violence incident. (Courtesy Photo)
A Black man was shot and killed by Texas police as he tried to intervene in a domestic violence incident. (Courtesy Photo)

A Black man was shot and killed by Texas police as he tried to intervene in a domestic violence incident.

The family of Jonathan Price say he was trying to break up a fight when he he killed outside a gas station in Wolfe City, Texas, on Saturday.

Price, 31, a city employee in the town an hour outside of Dallas, reportedly had a Taser used on him before an officer shot him.

His mother told news channel WFAA she rushed to the scene of the shooting when she received a call.

"They wouldn’t let me get close to my baby. I just wanted to hold his hand and they wouldn’t let me do that," said Marcella Louis.

"I just wanted to crawl over there to him."

Ms Louis said that she was not surprised her son had tried to help out.

"That’s what he always did, tried to help others. I taught him that all the years,” she told WFAA.

Mr Price was reportedly assaulted by a male when he tried to intervene in the brawl and when police arrived they used the Taser on Price before he was shot.

Witness Kyla Sanders told WFAA that she was at a store across the street and heard three gunshots.

Philadelphia-based civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt says he has already spoken to the family about the killing.

"When police arrived, I’m told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on," Mr Merritt wrote on Facebook.

"Police fired tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they 'perceived a threat' and shot him to death."

The Texas Rangers have not confirmed Mr Price’s identity, but have placed an unidentified officer on administrative leave.

The Rangers are probing the shooting at the request of the city’s police department and routinely investigate officer-involved shootings for law enforcement bodies across Texas.

“Everybody loves Jonathan, everybody, Black, white, Mexicans, everybody. It don't matter, he loved everybody, and they loved him,” said Price’s sister, April Louis.

Mr Price’s family will hold a vigil for him on Monday night.

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