The Forth Worth, Texas police department announced Monday that Aaron Dean has been arrested and charged with murder for the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson.
Dean shot and killed Jefferson in her mother’s home on Saturday. He resigned Monday, according to the Fort Worth police department.
Body camera footage released over the weekend showed the officer surveying the area around the house after seeing an open front door. The officer opened the backyard gate, noticed movement in the window and shouted, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” The officer then fired through the window, killing Jefferson, police said. Jefferson’s 8-year-old nephew was in the room at the time, police said.
At a press conference, Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus identified Aaron Dean as the officer who shot Jefferson. Kraus also apologized to Jefferson’s family and the Fort Worth community, and said he had planned to terminate Dean’s employment prior to his resignation.
“Her father called this shooting ‘senseless’ and I certainly cannot make sense of why she had to lose her life,” Kraus said. “On behalf of the Fort Worth Police Department, I am so sorry for what occurred.”
“Even though he no longer works for the city, we will continue the administrative investigation as though he did,” Kraus later said. “Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy, and unprofessional conduct.”
“None of this information can ease the pain of Atatiana’s family, but I hope it shows the community that we take these incidents seriously,” Kraus said.
Kraus said he expects a “substantial update” on the internal investigation Tuesday. Kraus said the Texas Rangers declined to investigate the shooting and that the case has been submitted to the FBI for potential civil rights violations. Prior to the chief’s statement, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced a plan for a third-party review of the police department’s policies and procedures.