Shaun Lucas

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Service Record

Agency Hunt County Texas Sheriff's Office
Rank Jailer
Dates of Service November 2019 - April 2020[1]
Last Known Status Separated
Agency Wolfe City Texas Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service April 14, 2020[1] - October 8, 2020[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[3]

Incident Reports

Shaun Lucas booking photo
Shaun Lucas

2020 Death of Jonathan Price

On October 3, 2020, Lucas was called to an altercation at a convenience store. Before Lucas arrived, Price had broken up the fight. Lucas believed Price was intoxicated and tried to arrest him. Price claimed, "I can't be detained".[2][3][4]

Lucas grabbed at Price's arm, but was unable to control him. Lucas threatened to use his Taser, and tased Price without full success. Price reached for the Taser in a threatening manner, prompting Lucas to shoot him.[4]

Price was taken to the hospital, where he died.[5]

The incident was captured on Lucas' body-worn camera[6] and by the store's surveillance camera.[7]

Response Timeline

By October 4, 2020, Lucas was placed on administrative leave.[8]

On October 5, 2020, the Texas Rangers' investigator recommended that Lucas be charged with murder, saying the shooting was "not justifiable force".[2]

On October 8, 2020, Lucas was terminated "for his egregious violation of the City's and police department's policies".[2]

The Texas Rangers' investigation called the shooting "not objectively reasonable".[3]

Lucas was charged with first-degree felony murder and could be sentenced to between five and 99 years in prison.[3]

Lucas pleaded not guilty.[3]

On September 22, 2022, a jury found Lucas not guilty of murder.[7]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
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