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Thursday news conference with family of man fatally shot by Texas cop canceled

This undated photo provided by the family of Jonathan Price via attorney Tony Coleman shows Price. Price, who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a small East Texas city, had offered a handshake to the officer, asking if he was doing good, as the officer arrived at a convenience store to check out a report of a fight, according to a court document released Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Family Photo via AP)
This undated photo provided by the family of Jonathan Price via attorney Tony Coleman shows Price. Price, who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a small East Texas city, had offered a handshake to the officer, asking if he was doing good, as the officer arrived at a convenience store to check out a report of a fight, according to a court document released Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Family Photo via AP)

Update: The news conference was canceled just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday. A new date for the press conference has yet to be announced.

Original: The family of Jonathan Price and civil rights activist and lawyer Lee Merritt will hold a news conference for the first time on Thursday afternoon, five days after Price was shot and killed by a police officer in East Texas.

The news conference is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Greenville, located in Hunt County. The news conference will be livestreamed in this article. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time.

The family and Merritt will speak after meeting with the Hunt Country District Attorney’s Office, according to CNN.

Price, who was unarmed, was shot by Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas on Saturday following a report of a disturbance at a convenience store, according to Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to court documents released Wednesday, Lucas had arrived at the convenience store because of a “possible fight” and was greeted by Price, who asked the officer “you doing good” several times and extended his hand in a handshake gesture. Price apologized for broken glass on the ground, telling the officer someone had tried “to wrap me up.”

The affidavit, written by a Texas Ranger, says Lucas thought Price was intoxicated and tried to detain him. Price said “I can’t be detained” as Lucas grabbed at his arm and used verbal commands. When Lucas produced a stun gun, Price began to walk away.

After Lucas deployed the stun gun, which wasn’t fully effective, Price walked toward him and appeared to reach out to grab the end of the stun gun, the affidavit said. The affidavit said that Lucas then fired four times, striking Price in the upper torso. Price was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities on Tuesday announced Lucas was charged with murder. The incident was captured on a body camera but the footage has not been released.

This booking photo provided by the Hunt County (Texas) Sheriff's Office shows Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Lucas has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Black man following a reported disturbance at a convenience store in a small East Texas town over the weekend, authorities said. (Hunt County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This booking photo provided by the Hunt County (Texas) Sheriff's Office shows Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Lucas has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Black man following a reported disturbance at a convenience store in a small East Texas town over the weekend, authorities said. (Hunt County Sheriff's Office via AP) (Hunt County Sheriff's Office)

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