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Murder Suspect Lucas Could Get Trial Date Monday

Shuan Lucas, left, faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of Jonathan Price.
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Shuan Lucas, left, faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of Jonathan Price.

Shaun Lucas, a white police officer facing a murder charge in the killing of a Black man in Wolfe City, could have a trial date set today.

A hearing has been scheduled for Monday in Greenville at the 354th District Court, the Herald-Banner reported Sunday. Lucas is being held at the Collin County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Lucas is accused of killing Wolfe City resident Jonathan Price on Oct. 3, 2020, after he responded to a call about a possible fight at a gas station convenience store downtown.

According to an affidavit prepared by Texas Ranger Laura Simmons, Lucas arrived on the scene at about 8:30 p.m. that evening and was "greeted" by Price. The document added that Price asked the officer several times, "You doing good?" while also "extending his hand in a handshake gesture."

Lucas then attempted to detain him, according to the affidavit. He later told the ranger that he thought Price was intoxicated.

"I can't be detained," Price said, according to the document.

After grabbing Price's arm and issuing verbal commands, the officer warned Price that he would use his service stun gun if he did not comply.

The document said Price did not comply and began to walk away, prompting Lucas to "deploy the taser which was not fully effective."

As he was being shocked with the Taser, Price reportedly walked back toward Lucas and appeared to reach for the stun gun. That's when Lucas discharged his service weapon, striking Price four times, the document said.

He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The affidavit said an officer-worn body camera captured the encounter. That video has not been released to the public.

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed an increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards.