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

2020 Death of Jonathan Price

Lucas' Body-Worn Camera Video
Shaun Lucas booking photo
Shaun Lucas

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. Lucas claimed that 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.[2].

Response Timeline

By October 4, 2020, Lucas was placed on administrative leave.[6]

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 2, 2022, Price's mother filed a lawsuit against Lucas and the city, alleging wrongful death and violations of Price's Fourth Amendment rights and state laws.[7]

On September 22, 2022, a jury found Lucas not guilty of murder.[8]

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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