The Texas ex-police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her own home has been indicted on a murder charge
The former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her own home was indicted on a murder charge on Friday.
The former Texas police officer who fatally shot a black woman inside her own home was indicted on a murder charge by a Tarrant County grand jury, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday.
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, had been playing video games with her nephew on October 12 when the officer, Aaron Dean, shot her through her bedroom window.
Police had arrived at the home after one of Jefferson's neighbors reported that her doors had been left open.
Body-camera footage showed the officers approaching the house quietly, using flashlights, and they could not be heard identifying themselves as police officers. The footage shows that Dean spotted Jefferson through the window and yelled, "Put your hands up! Show me your hands!" and fired a shot immediately.
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Dean resigned shortly after the incident and was arrested days later. The Fort Worth police chief, Ed Kraus, condemned his conduct and told media he would have fired the officer if he hadn't resigned first.
"I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy, and unprofessional conduct," Kraus said.
Lee Merritt, the attorney representing Jefferson's family, tweeted about the news Friday.
"Atatiana's family is [relieved] but remain cautious that a conviction and appropriate sentence is still a long way away. Keep pushing," he wrote.