Ex-cop acquitted of small-town Texas shooting

GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former police officer in a small town in Texas was charged with murder Thursday in the murder of a black man who offered to shake his hand when he arrived to answer a call about a fight at a convenience store. was acquitted of

A Hunt County jury deliberated for more than five hours before acquitting Sean Lucas in Jonathan Pryce’s death.

Lucas was a Wolf City official, and Price played football at Abilene’s Hardin-Simmons College, but was a city employee, personal trainer, bodybuilder, and dreamer of starting his own fitness center. Lucas was Paid On the night of October 3, 2020, he killed Price, dismissal From the police five days later.

Located about 70 miles (96 km) northeast of Dallas, near the Texas-Oklahoma border, Wolf City has a population of about 1,500.

It was not clear from eyewitness accounts what triggered Price’s fight with another man. The three remained at the store when Malone heard the sound of breaking glass, and Price brawled with another man. saw the

“My brother and I tried to separate them,” Malone said, adding that an argument ensued “for a few seconds” before the two separated, and everyone seemed to calm down before Lucas arrived. .

When Lucas, who is white, responded to the report of the fight, Price greeted him with an outstretched hand and apologized for the broken glass. But Price resisted. Lucas used a stun gun as Price approached and shot Price as he reached out his hand for the stun gun. According to police affidavit.

The Texas Rangers concluded that because Price was unarmed, no lethal force was necessary in the confrontation. prosecutor Stephen Lilley reminded Hunt County jurors in closing arguments on Thursday.

“He died. He was killed that night,” Lily said of Price. “Murder without need. Go back and find him guilty.”

Defense attorney Robert Rogers argued that Lucas had no choice but to shoot Price in self-defense.

According to Texas Commission of Law Enforcement records, Lucas had been with the Wolfe City Police Department for just under six months when he shot Price. Worked as a guard at the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.