Ex-Texas Police Officer Who Shot Atatiana Jefferson in Her Home Is Indicted for Murder

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Former Fort Worth, Texas police officer Aaron Dean has been indicted by a grand jury for murder in the death of Atatiana Jefferson, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney.
  • In October, 28-year-old Jefferson was shot and killed by Dean when he fired through a window of her house.
  • Dean and another officer arrived at her home after a concerned neighbor had called the non-emergency police number after noticing the home’s exterior doors were open at that late hour.



Aaron York Dean, the police officer who was accused of fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson in her own home, has been indicted for her murder.

Dean, 35, was indicted Friday by a grand jury in Tarrant County, CNN, NBC News and local station WFAA reports.

S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Jefferson family, tweeted that while they are relieved with the indictment, they “remain cautious that a conviction and the appropriate sentence is still a long way away.”

“We need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution & appropriate sentencing,” the attorney wrote in a post on Facebook. “The City of Fort Worth has much work to do to reform a brutal culture of policing.”

Dean was arrested and charged with the murder of Jefferson, 28, on Oct. 14 hours after resigning from his position as a Fort Worth police officer, according to a statement his former department.

Jefferson was killed on Oct. 12 when Fort Worth police responded to an “open structure call” in the 1200 block of E. Allen Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. A neighbor called authorities to report that Jefferson’s front door was open.

Jefferson had been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when the call was made.

Body-camera footage, released by the police and shared by multiple media outlets, showed two officers walking around the side of the house as one officer approached a closed first-floor window with a flashlight. After raising his gun, the officer screamed, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!”

Dean allegedly never identified himself as police before firing.

Dean, who had been with Fort Worth Police Department since April 2018, was originally placed on administrative leave before his resignation.

Though the campaign was originally set up to cover “funeral cost and other expenses associated with this tragedy,” former Dallas Mavericks star Harrison Barnes and Philadelphia Eagles player Malik Jackson stepped forward to pay for the service.

 

Source: PEOPLE

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