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Texas officer facing murder charge in fatal shooting fired

This booking photo shows Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (Hunt County Sheriff’s Office via AP)



The former officer’s attorney argued that Shaun Lucas, 22, “acted within policy and law” in the slaying of Jonathan Price

OCTOBER 09, 2020 – CREDIT: Dana Branham for the Dallas Morning News

The officer, 22-year-old Shaun Lucas, is behind bars in Collin County. He faces a murder charge after he shot and killed 31-year-old Jonathan Price on Saturday. Lucas is white and Price was Black.

The city said in a statement posted to its website that it conducted an administrative investigation into the shooting alongside the Texas Rangers’ criminal investigation.

“Earlier today Mr. Lucas was terminated for his egregious violation of the City’s and police department’s policies,” the statement said. The statement did not specify which policies were violated.

“Wolfe City is a tight-knit community, and we join you in mourning Jonathan’s death and the events of the last week,” the city said in the statement. “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.”

Price’s family and friends have said he worked for the city, in addition to his job as a personal trainer.

An affidavit released Wednesday shed more light on the shooting Saturday night.

According to the affidavit, Lucas was called about 8:30 p.m. Saturday about a “possible fight in progress” at a convenience store in Wolfe City, which is a 70-mile drive from Dallas.

When Lucas arrived, Price approached him and extended his hand for a handshake, asking the officer “You doing good?” several times, according to the affidavit. Lucas later said he believed Price was intoxicated and tried to detain him.

The officer tried to grab Price’s arm and gave him “verbal commands” before pulling out his Taser and deploying it on Price, according to the affidavit.

Price walked toward Lucas while being struck by the Taser and appeared to grab the end of the Taser, the affidavit says.

Lucas then fired four shots from his service weapon, striking Price in the upper torso. He later died at a hospital.

Price’s family and friends have said he had been trying to break up a fight just before he was killed, and that witnesses told them he had his hands up when the officer fired his Taser.

Price’s cousin, Barbara Price, said Thursday after the news of Lucas’ firing that the family has their sights set on justice for Price.

“They all get fired. We want a conviction,” she said in a Facebook message, adding that the officer should have been fired before his arrest.

Lucas’ attorney, Robert Rogers, has previously said the officer “only discharged his weapon in accordance with Texas law” and fired his gun when Price attempted to take his Taser. He could not be reached Thursday afternoon.

Lucas remained in jail Thursday, with his bail set at $1 million.

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At Least 13 Shot, 1 Dead in Tenn. Grocery Store Shooting



Collierville’s police chief called the shooting at Kroger grocery store “the most horrific event that’s occurred in” the city’s history.

September 23, 2021 – By Nelson Oliveira – Source New York Daily News

A gunman shot and killed at least one person and injured at least 12 more in a shooting Thursday afternoon at a Kroger in a Memphis suburb.

The suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Collierville police chief Dale Lane told reporters at a press conference.

The chief said officers were still working Thursday afternoon to locate all the victims from the mass shooting and determine their conditions. Lane called it “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Colliverville history” and said the 12 wounded people were transported to multiple hospitals with “very serious injuries.”

Neither the shooter nor the victims have been identified.

The first shots were fired around 1:30 p.m. local time, with the first police officers reaching the scene four minutes later, according to Lane.

After the shooting stopped, cops went room to room and aisle to aisle in search of employees and shoppers who had been hiding since the bullets started flying. At least one person hid in a freezer, while another escaped to the roof, Lane said.

The shooter’s car was in the Kroger parking lot, and police were waiting Thursday afternoon for equipment to fully examine the vehicle, Lane said.

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Man Shoots Calif. Officer Before Standoff with Police



An Oakland police officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition after he was shot by a man who then barricaded himself before police convinced him to surrender.

September 22, 2021 – By Rick Hurd – Source Mercury News

A person shot an Oakland police officer early Wednesday morning and later barricaded himself before crisis negotiators were able to convince him to surrender, police said.

In a series of posts on Twitter, police said the officer was in stable condition at a hospital after being shot on Telegraph Avenue.

Police said they recovered a gun from the scene.

The suspect barricaded himself with a knife in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, police said. Negotiators and members of the Oakland Police Department’s mental health team went to the scene and convinced the suspect to surrender around 8:25 a.m., police said.

The suspect had some minor self-inflicted wounds from the knife, police said. Police later recovered the knife.

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Tennessee K-9 Shot Multiple Times During Foot Chase



The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office K-9 needed surgery and was in “semi-stable” condition after being wounded by gunfire in Cleveland.

September 23, 2021 – By Ben Benton – Source Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

Authorities in Cleveland, Tennessee, said a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office police K-9 was shot multiple times during a foot chase Wednesday morning in the woods near the Toyota of Cleveland dealership at Interstate 75’s exit 20.

Police are seeking at least four men in connection with the shooting.

The department’s K-9, Joker, had surgery Wednesday and was reported in “semi-stable” condition afterwards.

The dog has been in service with the department for the last five years and “is a cherished, loyal and devoted BCSO family member,” sheriff’s spokesperson Alana Shell said in a social media post. “Joker is truly our hero.”

Joker’s handler, deputy Eduardo Choate, was uninjured during the incident, she said.

Police received a burglary call about 2 a.m. Wednesday for Harrison Pike apartment complex, Shell said in a statement.

Officers entered the apartment complex and spotted a white Jeep Gladiator speeding onto Georgetown Road, heading toward Interstate 75, Shell said. Officers caught up to the Jeep at mile marker 25 on I-75, confirmed it was reported stolen in Hamilton County and tried to stop the vehicle.

“The suspects fled on foot into the woods around Toyota of Cleveland at Exit 20,” she said. “K-9 Joker was deployed by his handler.

“Upon making contact with the suspects, K-9 Joker was shot multiple times,” she said. “The K-9 was immediately taken to an emergency animal hospital in Chattanooga.”

While Sheriff Steve Lawson activated the department’s SWAT members and other off-duty officers to set up a perimeter in an attempt to corral the suspects, authorities were told a blue/silver 2009 4-door Lexus IS 250 with no license plate and a loud muffler had been stolen from the Withrow Road area and the suspects were headed toward Chattanooga, police said.

A witness told police the vehicle was last seen occupied by at least four men who are now considered armed and dangerous, Shell said.

“We appreciate the immediate response and wonderful collaboration between the Cleveland Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and BCSO’s SWAT Team,” Lawson said in the statement.

Chattanooga police also assisted, he said.

The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available, Shell said.

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