The police officer who reportedly shot and killed a Texas woman inside of her own home this weekend has resigned amid calls for his arrest.
On Monday, Fort Worth police interim Chief Ed Kraus identified the officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson, 28, as Aaron Dean, and said he issued his resignation before he could be fired. According to KXAS, Kraus claimed he intended to fire Dean for violations in his conduct, use of force, and de-escalation protocols.
Kraus reportedly said that Dean had been stripped of his badge and firearm and was issued an administrative warning on Sunday. The police chief said the bodycam footage made it clear that Dean acted “inappropriately” and said his record will reflect that he was dishonorably discharged from the force, the news station.
Fort Worth police received a call requesting a welfare check at Atatiana Jefferson’s home shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday from a neighbor who reported Jefferson’s door was open. Responding officers were reportedly searching the perimeter of her home when they saw a person inside the residence, standing near a window. The bodycam footage released by the Forth Worth Police Department shows the officers moving quietly and speaking in hushed tones just outside the home, and they do not announce their presence until just before the officer shoots Jefferson.
The video does not show the officers knock at the door or identify themselves as police officers.
Dean is seen going through a gate and into the backyard. He then shouts, “Put your hands up. Show me your hands” just before firing a single shot through the window, killing Jefferson.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Dean’s Facebook page states that he joined the force in April 2018. Dean is no longer protected by state civil service laws in light of his resignation.
Kraus reportedly said Dean is not cooperating with their investigation. The police chief also said that the FBI has been briefed in case they decide to investigate possible civil rights violations. He said that they have also contacted Texas Rangers to address the possibility of them taking over the investigation.
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[Featured image: Atatiana Jefferson/Facebook]