Ex-Officer Charged With Shooting And Killing Atatiana Jefferson Out On Bond

FORT WORTH, Texas - A white police officer who shot and killed a black woman Saturday through a back window of her home has been booked into jail on a murder charge, police in Texas said Monday.


Fort Worth police Lt. Brandon O'Neil said the officer involved, identified as 34-year-old Aaron Dean, failed to announce himself as a police officer before he fired the single shot that struck and killed Atatiana Jefferson, 28. The shooting happened around 2:25 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor called a non-emergency line to report her home's front door had been left open.


Fort Worth police are expected to hold a news conference Tuesday morning, one day after police arrested Aaron Dean on suspicion of murder.


Chief Ed Kraus said Monday that Dean resigned from his post with the Forth Worth Police Department before he could be questioned about the shooting. Kraus told reporters Dean would have been fired if he hadn't resigned. He had been with the Forth Worth Police Department since August 2017.


Jail records show Dean was out of custody after posting bond Monday night, less than four hours after his arrest. He had been held on $200,000 bond


Update 9:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 14: A $200,000 bond has been set for Aaron Dean in the fatal shooting of a black woman inside the woman's Fort Worth home.


Jail records did not list an attorney for Dean.


The attorney for the family of a black woman shot and killed in her Fort Worth home by a white police officer says they are "relieved" that the now-former officer has been jailed on a murder charge.

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