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A former Hardin-Simmons University football player was shot and killed by police after he intervened in a fight between a man and a woman at a gas station in Texas, his family said. In a statement posted Sunday to its Facebookthe city said the officer involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Texas Rangers.
The city didn't mention Price or identify the officer. It also didn't state where the shooting occurred. The statement reflects "the lack of transparency in police investigations that we have all grown accustomed to," Lee Merritt, an attorney for Price's family, said Monday. The Texas Rangers, through spokesman Lonny Haschel, confirmed Monday that they were investigating the shooting at the request of Wolfe City police. Haschel declined to comment further. Price's family and their attorney said they want the Hunt County district attorney to indict the officer on murder charges and release surveillance video of the incident.
Neither Wolfe City police nor the Texas Rangers released details of the shooting. In an Instagram post Sunday, Merritt said the incident began when Price, who was Black, noticed a man assaulting a woman at the gas station and intervened. Merritt said Monday that the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, told him that he had watched a video of the shooting and "was not happy with what he saw" because of the officer's actions. The owners of the gas station have refused to turn over surveillance video voluntarily, Merritt said.
He said he would go through the legal process to retrieve it if they don't. An employee at the gas station declined to comment when reached by phone, and a spokeswoman for Kwik Check didn't immediately return a request for comment. Price's father, Junior Price, broke down in tears Monday as he described having raised his son to "do the right thing. He stood just feet from where he watched his son dying Saturday and said he spoke briefly with the officer who shot him. He said he asked the officer why he shot Price. It's Monday. Merritt said Price's mother, Marcella Louis, wanted to be there Monday but couldn't be because "she's overwhelmed.
They wouldn't let me do that. Everybody," she said. He loved everybody. Everybody loved him. Merritt and others in the community have said Price was known as a hometown hero, a motivational speaker, a personal trainer, an athlete, a community advocate and a mentor who worked with children. He deserves justice, Merritt said, because he was a human being "who was not breaking the law and was gunned down by a police officer. And it happens far too often to unarmed Black men, particularly in North Texas.
Jesse Burleson, the head football coach at Hardin-Simmons University, a private Baptist college in Abilene, Texas, tweeted Sunday: "Lost one of our own in a terrible situation. Jonathan Price was an awesome young man during his time with Cowboy Football. Was only with us for a short time in but was always a Cowboy. Prayers for comfort and peace for Jonathan's family. CowboyBrother ". Will Middlebrooks, a former third baseman for major-league baseball's Texas Rangers, said he grew up with Price and talked about their friendship in a video posted Sunday on Facebook.
We came up together, played T-ball together, went to elementary school together," Middlebrooks said, adding that Price was very close to his family. And it's a really tough loss.
He said "the last thing" he wanted to see was Wolfe City "get torn to pieces because of this. I understand you're sad and broken. We all are," Middlebrooks said. And the legacy he'll leave. Middlebrooks said Price wouldn't want Wolfe City "torched and torn to pieces and people's businesses being ruined because of this, because those people were behind him.
And I pray this is handled correctly. Merritt said that McCraw expressed concern about social unrest during their conversation Monday but that he should be worried about Price's family. In June, Price said in a Facebook post that there were times he should have been detained by police for speeding, outstanding citations, outdated registration and dozing off at a red light.
He said two white police officers let him go after he passed a sobriety test in Wylie, a city in Texas that he said is considered "to be VERY racist. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Politics U.
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