WOLFE CITY, Texas — A former Hardin-Simmons University football player was reportedly killed by police after intervening in a domestic situation at a gas station.
According to WFAA, police in Wolfe City, 70 miles northeast of Dallas, shot and killed Jonathan Price on Saturday night.
Witnesses told the Dallas ABC-affiliate that an argument broke out between a couple inside a convenience store.
They said Price tried to break up the fight.
It spilled outside, and when officers responded, Price was the one they shot.
“He had a good heart. He always tried to help others,” said Price's mother, Marcella Louis. “They took my son from me. They took my baby.”
Price played football at HSU in 2008.
Head Coach Jesse Burleson tweeted "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 2008 but was always a Cowboy. Prayers for comfort and peace for Jonathan’s family."
Former Texas Rangers third baseman Will Middlebrooks grew up with Price.
"What’s really sickening is that he was doing the right thing... he saw a man putting his hands on a woman and stepped in to stop the altercation," said Middlebrooks. "The man then fought him... then the police shot him. He was unarmed. I’m heartbroken."
Middlebrooks started a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses.
Dale Trompler, his high school football coach at Wolfe City, said "Price made an undeniable imprint on my life and will be in my heart forever."
Trompler said as his coach and friend, her preached to Price to do the right thing.
"I never thought that doing so would cost him his life," said Trompler.
Price is Black and, while no law enforcement agency has released information beyond confirming the shooting occurred, witnesses and Price’s family told WFAA the officer is white.
In June, Price posted on Facebook that he had never had a negative encounter with police.
"There were times I should have been detained for speeding, outstanding citations, outdated registration, dozing off at a red light before making it to my garage downtown Dallas after a lonnng night out," Price said. "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."
"Not saying black lives don’t matter, but don’t forget about your own, or your experiences through growth / 'waking up,'” said Price.