/Ex-Fort Worth Cop Who Shot And Killed Black Woman Inside Her Home Is Arrested

Ex-Fort Worth Cop Who Shot And Killed Black Woman Inside Her Home Is Arrested

Aaron Dean was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday after resigning from the police department.

Last updated on October 14, 2019, at 9:02 p.m. ET

Posted on October 14, 2019, at 8:40 p.m. ET


Tarrant County Correction Center

A former police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, who shot and killed a black woman inside her home this weekend has been arrested and booked on suspicion of murder.

The arrest of Aaron Dean was made Monday afternoon after Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus said he intended to fire the officer for violating several policies in connection to the fatal shooting.

Dean, who had suddenly resigned from the police department, was not being cooperative in the investigation, authorities said.

“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 told reporters.

Despite calls for a review to be conducted by an outside organization, Kraus said that his department would continue with both the criminal and internal affairs investigations into the shooting.

County jail records show Dean was in custody at the Tarrant County Correction Center on suspicion of murder as of Monday evening.

Police said more details about Dean’s arrest would be made at a news conference on Tuesday.

Police were called to Atatiana Jefferson’s home early Saturday morning after a neighbor saw her door open and expressed concern for her safety.

Dean, who responded to the call, drew his handgun and shot through the window of the home after seeing someone inside, killing Jefferson, police said.

In the body-camera video of the fatal shooting, Dean can be heard yelling “Put your hands up, show me your hands” less than 4 seconds before firing a shot into the home.

Along with the video, police also released photos of a gun that was found inside the house but offered no information as to whether the firearm was found near Jefferson when she was shot.

Officers did not park their patrol vehicles in front of Jefferson’s home or knock at her door when they responded.

Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew at the time.

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing Jefferson’s family, told reporters Jefferson had left both her doors open to cool down the house, and she had lost track of time playing with her nephew.

The two then heard someone “prowling around in the bushes,” and Jefferson went to the window to see what was happening.

The child was present in the bedroom where his aunt was fatally shot.

Earlier on Monday, Jefferson’s family had called on the Fort Worth police to recuse itself from the investigation and for a third party to lead an independent investigation into the shooting.

“This man murdered someone,” Darius Carr, Jefferson’s brother, said. “He should be arrested.”

Dean graduated from the Fort Worth Police Academy two years ago and joined the Fort Worth Police Department in 2018.

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas said in a statement on Monday that it will “take the facts where they exist” and provide “legal defense” for Dean.