Atatiana Jefferson Killer Formally Charge With Murder Atatiana Jefferson Killer Formally Charge With Murder
The Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson early Saturday morning was arrested and charged with murder Monday night, Tarrant County... Atatiana Jefferson Killer Formally Charge With Murder

The Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson early Saturday morning was arrested and charged with murder Monday night, Tarrant County records show.

Aaron Dean’s bond was set at $200,000 and jail records showed he bonded out after 9 p.m. Monday.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Fort Worth police interim Chief Ed Kraus said there’s “absolutely no excuse” for the shooting and grew emotional when describing the morale of the police department. Kraus pleaded with Fort Worth residents to not let the actions of one officer reflect on all employees of the Fort Worth Police Department.

Officer Aaron Dean resigned Monday morning, shortly before he was to be fired, Kraus said Monday afternoon. Chief said he’d planned to fire Dean for violations of use of force, de-escalation protocols and unprofessional conduct. Kraus said the officer had already been stripped of his badge and firearm when he was issued an administrative warning Sunday.

“Nobody looked at that video and said there was any doubt that this officer acted inappropriately. I get it,” Kraus said, referring to the bodycam video of the shooting released over the weekend… “We’re trying to train our officers better, we’re trying to shore up our policies and we’re trying to ensure they act and react the way that the citizens intend them to, that they act and react with a servant’s heart instead of a warriors heart. There are times for officers to act as warriors and defenders, and there are times for them to act as public servants and humble servants.”

Kraus said Dean’s paperwork will reflect he was dishonorably discharged from the department and that with his civil service protection no longer in force he was able to release his name. Kraus added the case will be presented to the FBI to review if there were any civil rights violations.

Jefferson was fatally shot early Saturday morning when a Fort Worth police officer responding to a welfare call fired on her from outside of her home. A neighbor told NBC 5 he’d noticed his neighbor’s front door open for several hours, found it unusual, and called the department’s non-emergency number.

The officer, identified Monday as Dean, arrived at Jefferson’s home on the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Body camera video released by the Fort Worth Police Department showed Dean walking around outside the house with a flashlight. He then stopped, pointed his flashlight at a window and then drew his gun after seeing a person watching him from inside the house.

Dean is heard commanding, “Put your hands up, show me your hands,” before firing his weapon once.

Inside the home, Jefferson, who was watching her 8-year-old nephew, was hit once and died at the scene. The child, though he witnessed the shooting, was not physically injured.

The Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson early Saturday morning was arrested and charged with murder Monday night, Tarrant County records show.

Aaron Dean’s bond was set at $200,000 and jail records showed he bonded out after 9 p.m. Monday.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Fort Worth police interim Chief Ed Kraus said there’s “absolutely no excuse” for the shooting and grew emotional when describing the morale of the police department. Kraus pleaded with Fort Worth residents to not let the actions of one officer reflect on all employees of the Fort Worth Police Department.

Officer Aaron Dean resigned Monday morning, shortly before he was to be fired, Kraus said Monday afternoon. Chief said he’d planned to fire Dean for violations of use of force, de-escalation protocols and unprofessional conduct. Kraus said the officer had already been stripped of his badge and firearm when he was issued an administrative warning Sunday.

“Nobody looked at that video and said there was any doubt that this officer acted inappropriately. I get it,” Kraus said, referring to the bodycam video of the shooting released over the weekend.. “We’re trying to train our officers better, we’re trying to shore up our policies and we’re trying to ensure they act and react the way that the citizens intend them to, that they act and react with a servant’s heart instead of a warriors heart. There are times for officers to act as warriors and defenders, and there are times for them to act as public servants and humble servants.”

Kraus said Dean’s paperwork will reflect he was dishonorably discharged from the department and that with his civil service protection no longer in force he was able to release his name. Kraus added the case will be presented to the FBI to review if there were any civil rights violations.

Jefferson was fatally shot early Saturday morning when a Fort Worth police officer responding to a welfare call fired on her from outside of her home. A neighbor told NBC 5 he’d noticed his neighbor’s front door open for several hours, found it unusual, and called the department’s non-emergency number.

The officer, identified Monday as Dean, arrived at Jefferson’s home on the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Body camera video released by the Fort Worth Police Department showed Dean walking around outside the house with a flashlight. He then stopped, pointed his flashlight at a window and then drew his gun after seeing a person watching him from inside the house.

Dean is heard commanding, “Put your hands up, show me your hands,” before firing his weapon once.

Inside the home, Jefferson, who was watching her 8-year-old nephew, was hit once and died at the scene. The child, though he witnessed the shooting, was not physically injured.

Kraus said Monday that officers receive calls via dispatch and are not aware of whether the calls were made through 911 or non-emergency lines. He added that if an officer believes an open structure, building or residence may have been opened as part of a criminal act, it is standard for the officer to park away from the location. Welfare calls, Kraus said, are different and that the officer would typically park in front of the location and make his presence known.

NBC 5 previously reported that Dean did not identify himself as an officer prior to the shooting and that he parked away from the woman’s residence.

Body camera footage released by the department also included blurry photos of a gun found inside Jefferson’s home, leading many in the community wondering if police were trying to blame the victim. Kraus admitted Monday that it was inappropriate to release the photo even though it was something the department had done in the past to show what the perceived threat may have been.

In hindsight, Kraus said, “It was a bad thing to do.”

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