The white Texas police officer charged with murdering a Black man was fired by his city Thursday.
Shaun Lucas, 22, fatally shot Jonathan Price, 31, on Oct. 3 and was charged with murder three days later.
The city of Wolfe City canned Lucas for an “egregious violation” of department policy when killing Price, the city announced in a press release.
Family and friends said Price was breaking up a fight at a gas station in the 1,500-person town, about 65 miles northeast of Dallas, when Lucas arrived. According to an affidavit, Price offered Lucas a handshake and asked how he was doing.
Despite the friendly greeting, Lucas assumed Price was drunk and tried to arrest him, according to the affidavit. After Lucas fired an ineffective Taser blast, Price appeared to reach for the stun gun, the affidavit said. At that point, Lucas fired four bullets into Price’s torso, killing him.
The shooting was recorded on Lucas' body camera, but that footage has not yet been publicly released.
Price was a former college football player whose friends described him as a “hometown hero.”
Lucas was a Wolfe City police officer for just six months before his Thursday firing.
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