It deeply saddens us as a community when on of our own is taken out of this world. It makes matters worse, when the reason we lost another black American is due to yet another police shooting. One person was shot by a Wolfe City police officer Saturday night, officials with the Texas Rangers confirmed. Friends and family of the victim said that Jonathon Price was in the process of breaking up a domestic violence situation, when he was fatally shot by police. Relatives and friends said 31-year-old Price was a city employee and beloved in the Wolfe City community, about an hour northeast of Dallas.
Price’s mother, Marcella Louis, was in bed when she received the call about the shooting involving her son. She rushed to the gas station where it happened in an effort to be close to her son.
“And they wouldn’t let me get close to my baby. I just wanted to hold his hand and they wouldn’t let me do that,” Louis said. “I just wanted to crawl over there to him.”
The mother said she wasn’t surprised to hear her son was trying to intervene in a fight.
“That’s what he always did, tried to help others. I taught him that all the years,” Louis said.
Witnesses on the scene describe Price stepped in between a man and woman arguing, and then Price was assaulted by the other man.
Civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt also posted about Price’s death. He said he had spoken to the man’s family.
“When police arrived, I’m told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on,” Merritt wrote on Facebook. “Police fired tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they ‘perceived a threat’ and shot him to death.”