Jonathan Price Biography – Jonathan Price Wikipedia
Jonathan Price was a Texas man who was shot and killed at a gas station by a Wolfe City police officer. Price’s family says the 31-year-old was breaking up a fight between a man and a woman before officers arrived, according to attorney Lee Merritt. Price was a beloved member of the Wolfe City community, where he grew up, and worked as a city employee and as a fitness trainer, his friends and family have said on social media.
The shooting happened Saturday night, October 3, at the Exxon gas station and Kwik Chek convenience store on Santa Fe Street in Wolfe City, WFAA reports.
His name was #JohnathanPrice. In Wolfe City, TX he was known as a hometown hero. Motivational speaker, trainer,…
“In Wolfe City, he was known as a hometown hero. Motivational speaker, trainer, professional athlete and community advocate— he was dearly loved by so many, ”Merritt said on Facebook about Price. “I have spoken to the family and have agreed to do whatever it takes to get justice for JP.” Merritt said Price had intervened in a domestic violence incident before he was killed.
Wolfe City is located in Hunt County in northeast Texas, and is home to about 1,400 people. The city is located about 15 miles north of Commerce, Texas, and about 70 miles north of Dallas. City officials have only posted a brief statement about the shooting and have not commented publicly or held a press conference to address questions about what happened. The officer who killed Price has been placed on administrative leave. The officer’s name has not been released.
Merritt said on Facebook Price, “noticed a man assaulting a woman and he intervened. When police arrived, I’m told, he raised his hands and attempted to explain what was going on. Police fired tasers at him and when his body convulsed from the electrical current, they ‘perceived a threat’ and shot him to death. ”
This one hurts… for so many reasons. pic.twitter.com/Z1gTYJFXuX
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) October 4, 2020
Police have not released its version of events before and after the shooting and authorities have said those details are not available to be made public at this point because the incident remains under investigation. It is not yet known if the shooting and what led up to it were caught on gas station surveillance video, or if the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras or had dashboard cameras in their vehicles.
According to eParisExtra News, the shooting happened about 8:25 p.m. The news site reports Price was shot in the chest and was taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center by ambulance and was pronounced dead there.
Price’s mother, Marcella Louis, told WFAA she was in bed when she received a call about the shooting. Louis told the news station she rushed to the gas station. “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. I just wanted to crawl over there to him, ”she told WFAA, adding she wasn’t surprised her son had intervened in a fight. “That’s what he always did, tried to help others. I taught him that all the years. ”
Marcella Louis’ son is dead and she wants to know why.
A Wolfe City Officer shot and killed him last night. Police only say the officer is on paid admin. leave. Texas Rangers are investigating.
Witnesses say Jonathan Price was breaking up a DV incident when he shot and killed. pic.twitter.com/zgdOgTL6A7
— Alex Rozier (@RozierReports) October 5, 2020
Witnesses told WFAA a man and woman were in an argument and Price stepped in. He was assaulted by the man and when police arrived, officers used a Taser on Price, witnesses told the news station.
According to his Facebook page, Price grew up in Wolfe City and graduated from Wolfe City High School. He then studied at Sam Houston State University and Hardin-Simmons University before returning to his hometown.
Price started a personal training business, Repetitive Reps, and worked for Wolfe City in its municipal works department, according to his Facebook profile. On his Facebook page, he listed his name as “Coach Price,” and many in the community said they knew him that way, according to their posts.
Price would have turned 32 on November 3. In June, Price wrote on Facebook about tension around race and police. He said, “There were times i should have been detained for speeding, outstanding citations, out dated registration, dozing off at a red light before making it to my garage downtown Dallas after a lonnng night out i’ve passed a sobriety test after leaving a bar in Wylie, Texas by 2 white cops and still let me drive to where I was headed, and by the way they consider Wylie, Texas to be VERY racist I’ve never got that kind of ENERGY from the po-po. ”
He added, “Not saying black lives don’t matter, but don’t forget about your own, or your experiences through growth /‘ waking up. ‘”
Price’s childhood friend, Will Middlebrooks, who played professional baseball with the Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers from 2012 to 2017, said he played T-ball with Price and they were close growing up in Wolfe City. Middlebrooks wrote on Facebook that Price’s death was “purely an act of racism.” He said in his post:
See this face? This is the face of one of my childhood friends. The face of my first ever favorite teammate. The face of a good man. But unfortunately it’s the face of a man whose life was taken away from him last night with his hands in the air, while a small town East Texas cop shot him dead. Why? Bc he was trying to break up a fight at a gas station… for some reason he was singled out. I’ll let you do the math. There’s no excuses this time… ’he was a criminal’… Nope, not this time. ‘He resisted arrest, just comply with the cops’ .. Nope that one doesn’t work this time either. This was purely an act of racism. Period. So, for all of you that think this is all bullshit, you need to check yourselves.
Jonathan Price lost his life last night by doing the right thing. Everything I have heard about Jonathan is amazing. Please have his family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/MBgLmZmmve
— Teresa Riley (@TeresaRFox4) October 4, 2020
Middlebrooks added, “I’m sick. I’m heartbroken… and I’m furious. Love you, JP. See you when I see you bro. ” In a Facebook video, Middlebrooks said he and Price went to elementary school together and he was very close to Middlebrooks’ family and friends. “We know how special of a human being he was and this is a really, really tough loss for all of us on a lot of different levels,” Middlebrooks said.
When asked on Twitter why Middlebrooks was sure the shooting was an “act of racism,” he replied, “My friend tried to break up a fight between a man and a woman at a gas station, bc that’s how we were raised. Don’t put your hands on a woman. Yet he was singled out in the fight, shot and killed… unarmed… no weapon… just his skin color. … I am certain of it… so is everyone else in that predominantly white, country town of 1400 people… including my friends, who are white, that were with him when it happened… now is not the time to come at me with bs like Este. Take a step back. ”
Middlebrooks ’mother, Julie Procell Middlebrooks, tweeted,“ we are shocked, devastated and angry… Jonathan was one of OUR kids. … You were my child, too. All the Wolfe City boys. ”
Middlebrooks has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Price’s family. “This money will go towards his memorial and funeral. Just being able to take this burden off of the mourning family’s hands is the least we can do. Thank you. Much love, ”Middlebrooks wrote on the page.
Kyle Sanders, a Wolfe City resident who was across the street from the shooting scene, told WFAA about Price, “We all love him and think so highly of him and just the nicest guy you could ever meet. We’re all devastated, shocked, we don’t really know what to do or where to go from here. ” He told the news station Price was a “pillar of the community.”
April Louis, Price’s sister, told WFAA, “Everybody loved Jonathan. Everybody. Black, white, Mexican, it don’t matter. ” She said her brother was a “miracle baby.”
Dale Trompler, who coached Price on the Wolfe City High School Wolves football team, tweeted, “I have no words. Jonathan Price made an undeniable imprint on my life and will be in my heart forever. We went through so much together and I got the honor of watching him blossom from a child to a man. He stayed in touch long after my time working with you ended and were my biggest supporter in all I have done. I love you man, more than you knew. RIP my brother, 5. ”
Trompler added, “To my‘ family ’from WC, I suffer with you. The bond we all have is so special to me. Know that I am here if you need me and I love you all. ”
Haley Walker, a Wolfe City resident, wrote a tribute on Facebook:
Last night, my hometown was rocked. Last night an innocent life was taken by the hands of law enforcement. It hits differently when it’s your own. Jonathan was trying to help someone and did not deserve this. He was not a criminal or an outcast. He was a leader, a hometown hero, an exceptional athlete, an inspiration, a hard worker, and an all around great guy, but most importantly a friend. His smile was infectious and he always had a hug waiting for you. Everyone that knew him loved him and respected him. JP we all know the kind soul you were and will seek justice for you. We will listen to George Strait and eat a bowl of lemons together again one day! Sorry your life was taken from you. My heart aches. We must do better. Please pray for my hometown and this sweet man’s family.
Another friend, Christian Reamy, also posted a tribute on Facebook:
My heart is completely broken, all of our hearts are broken. My eyes are swollen from crying, all of our eyes are swollen. My voice is raw from asking God to please let this be a nightmare, all of our throats are raw. Jonathon was the rarest type of human; always spreading love, wanting people to excel and do good, bringing light and inspiration wherever he went, and he didn’t have a hateful bone in his body. His happiness came from helping others be happy; this is true selflessness. His smile would light up a room and anytime you saw it, it was impossible to think of anything that had been upsetting you before. I loved his visits at our house where he always knew he was welcome and never needed to call, just drive on by to see if the vehicles were there.
Many, many years ago I was in Dallas at night with some friends and somehow got separated from them, I can’t remember how. I was scared and I called Jonathon. He said wait right there and I’ll be there in 10 minutes, he was there in less. I remember apologizing over and over and he told me to stop because we’re all family and that’s just what you do for family. He maintained so much innocence even though he had been let down by people he had considered mentors at one point in his life. He went straight on to planning his next venture. He was resilient to his core.