Texas police officer accused of shooting black woman in her home charged with murder

Washington Examiner Incident 1 month ago

The white Texas police officer who is accused of fatally shooting a black woman at her home during a welfare check has been arrested for murder.

Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, 34, was arrested and charged with the murder of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson on Monday. Bond has not yet been set for Dean, who resigned from the department Monday morning.

Dean and another officer were called to a residence Saturday after a neighbor reported the front door was open. Body-cam footage from the incident captures Dean yelling, “Put your hands up, show me your hands!” before firing one shot through Jefferson’s window, striking and killing her.

Mugshot of Aaron Dean, 34, charged with killing Atatiana Jefferson on Saturday.
This undated photo provided by the Tarrant County Jail shows Aaron Dean. The Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door was charged with murder on Monday after resigning from the force.


Jefferson was reportedly playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when the officers were responding to the call. Police said that a gun was found inside a bedroom in the home, but have declined to say where it was found in relation to Jefferson or if Dean believed she was brandishing the weapon when she was killed.

Through their attorney, Lee Merritt, Jefferson’s family has been calling for Dean to be charged.

“This happened Saturday. Why this man is not in handcuffs now is a source of continued agitation for this family and for this community — and it must be addressed,” Merritt said.

Interim police chief Ed Kraus said that he was planning on firing Dean on Monday but that he submitted his resignation before the two could meet.

“My intent was to meet with him today to terminate his employment with the Fort Worth Police Department.” Kraus said. “Even though he no longer works for the city, we will continue the administrative investigation as if he did. The case will be completed and reviewed by the chain of command."

“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies, including our use of force policy, our deescalation policy, and unprofessional conduct,” the interim chief added.


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