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US D.A. seeks murder charge against former Fort Worth officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson

02:55  19 october  2019
02:55  19 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

The Latest: Fort Worth officer resigns after fatal shooting

  The Latest: Fort Worth officer resigns after fatal shooting FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a black woman inside a home in Fort Worth (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The Fort Worth police chief says a white officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black woman in her home has resigned. Interim Chief Ed Kraus said Monday that if the officer, Aaron Dean, had not resigned, he would have been fired. Dean shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through her window in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officers were called to her home when a concerned neighbor worried for her safety noticed her door was open.Police have said the officer perceived a threat when he saw someone near the window and opened fire.

Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean shot Atatiana Jefferson , 28, through a A former Texas police officer , who shot and killed a woman in her own home over the weekend, was booked at the Tarrant County Jail and charged with murder , on Monday evening local time, according to reports.

FORT WORTH — A former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot a woman while she was at home The case resulted in a rare murder charge against a police officer only hours after the interim Fort Worth police chief, Ed Kraus Since June, Fort Worth officers have shot and killed six people.

a close up of a person: Atatiana Jefferson© Family photo via KXAS Atatiana Jefferson

Prosecutors in Tarrant County, Texas, said Friday they intend to ask a grand jury for a murder charge against the former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home.

"We have completed an initial review of the case, and based on the evidence we intend to ask the Grand Jury for an indictment of murder against Aaron Dean," the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office said in a statement. "We will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law."

Dean, who is white, fatally shot the 28-year-old black woman through a bedroom window early Saturday.

Fort Worth Chief, City Leaders Hold News Conference Over Fatal Shooting Of Atatiana Jefferson

  Fort Worth Chief, City Leaders Hold News Conference Over Fatal Shooting Of Atatiana Jefferson Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus, Mayor Betsy Price and City Manager David Cooke are holding a news conference Monday afternoon after an officer fatally shot a woman inside her home during a welfare check. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncAtatiana Jefferson was killed early Saturday morning inside her home in the 1200 block of E. Allen Avenue as officers were responding to welfare check. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

'That's murder ': Fort Worth police officer shoots woman inside her home. Read more. The former officer is white. Jefferson was black. Attorney Lee Merritt suggested that the response to a Merritt said a spate of fatal shootings by police in Fort Worth this year – officers have killed six people since

(CNN) -- The former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home Saturday morning was arrested and charged with murder The City of Fort Worth has much work to do to reform a brutal culture of policing.” Dean resigned earlier Monday. He was served a written

The district attorney's office said Friday that to ensure a fair trial, as the case proceeds, "our statements will be limited in keeping with the rules of ethics for Texas attorneys."

The agency said its sympathies and prayers remain with Jefferson's family and friends.

a man looking at the camera: Image; Former Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean© Tarrant County Jail Image; Former Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean

Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew, whom she was babysitting, late at night when a neighbor noticed the front door of the house ajar. The concerned neighbor called the Fort Worth police department's nonemergency line to request a welfare check.

Jefferson's nephew told authorities that she had taken a handgun from her purse when she heard noises outside and pointed it toward the window, according to an arrest warrant released on Tuesday.

Former Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean Charged With Murder

  Former Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean Charged With Murder The Fort Worth Police officer who shot and killed a woman in her home early Saturday morning has been booked into the Tarrant County Jail and charged with murder. Bond has not been set.Aaron Dean, who resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department earlier Monday, shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her home while responding to a welfare check this weekend has resigned from the department before he could be fired.At a news conference Monday afternoon, Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus identified the officer as Aaron Dean.

Days after a woman was fatally shot by the Fort Worth police, the officer who fired one bullet through her bedroom window when responding to a call from a concerned neighbor was arrested and charged with murder .

In addition to announcing the officer 's arrest, Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus said he's confused as to why Jefferson was killed. After resigning on Monday (Oct. 14), former Dallas police officer Aaron Dean was arrested and charged for the murder of Atatiana Jefferson , ABC News reports.

Body camera footage shows the perspective of an officer outside the home, peering into a window using a flashlight and spotting someone inside standing near a window and telling her, "Put your hands up — show me your hands," before firing one shot through the glass seconds later.

The two officers responding to the call did not identify themselves to Jefferson before she was killed, and there was no evidence Dean knocked on the door. He resigned and was charged Monday with murder.

Interim police Chief Ed Kraus said during a press conference earlier this week that he intended to fire Dean but the 34-year-old resigned first.

"Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct," Kraus added.

The killing comes less than two weeks after Amber Guyger, a former police officer in nearby Dallas, was convicted of murder for fatally shooting a man last year in his home that she testified she mistook for her own. In both cases, the officer is white and the victim black. Jefferson's death has raised nationwide questions about policing practices and racial profiling.

An attorney for Jefferson's family, Lee Merritt, has said her relatives were "relieved" over Dean's arrest.

"We need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution & appropriate sentencing," he tweeted. "The City of Fort Worth has much work to do to reform a brutal culture of policing."

Funeral underway for woman shot in home by Fort Worth officer .
The funeral for Atatiana Jefferson, the Texas woman who was shot in her home by a Fort Worth Police officer, is underway after a judge halted the original service. Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew in the early morning hours of Oct. 12, when she was fatally shot by Fort Worth Police officer Aaron Dean, who fired into her bedroom window while conducting a wellness check.

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