A former Wolfe City Police Department officer has pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with murder in connection with the shooting death of a resident of the city.
Shaun Lucas remains in custody at the Collin County Jail, being held in lieu of $1 million bond.
Lucas was reported to have shot the unarmed Jonathan Price on the night of Oct.3, 2020.
An arraignment hearing for Lucas was conducted Monday via Zoom teleconference with the 354th District Court. Judge Keli Aiken accepted the plea and scheduled an interim hearing to receive discovery evidence for May 4.
The Hunt County grand jury issued the murder indictment naming Lucas, 22, of Lone Oak during its monthly session in November.
A criminal complaint compiled by Texas Ranger Laura Simmons indicated the confrontation between Lucas and Price, 31, of Wolfe City was captured by a body camera. Simmons said that as Lucas arrived at the location in reference to a reported disturbance and “possible fight in progress” that Price approached Lucas and extended his hand, asking “you doing good” multiple times.
Lucas said he believed Price was intoxicated and attempted to detain Price and grabbed his arm, using verbal commands which were unsuccessful. Lucas produced a taser and informed Price to comply or the taser would be implemented. Price began to walk away and Lucas deployed the taser which was not effective.
Price appeared to reach out and grab the end of the taser and Lucas discharged his firearm four times, striking Price in the upper torso. Price died later at the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.
Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.