Lawyer for Texas officer charged with murder says shooting was legal

The attorney for white Texas police officer Shaun Lucas, who was charged with murder for fatally shooting a Black man last weekend, said Wednesday that Lucas fired his weapon “in accordance with Texas law.”

Lucas, 22, shot the victim, Jonathan Price, outside a convenience store after responding to a call about a fight. Price reportedly had tried to break up the dispute.

Lucas, who had been on the Wolfe City police force for less than six months, tried to arrest Price, and Tased him when he walked away, then shot him.

The Texas Rangers charged Lucas with murder late Monday. “The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable,” officials said. Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing Price’s family, said the charge against Lucas was just “step one” toward justice.

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