Sunday, June 20, 2021

Former Fort Worth Officer Who Fatally Shot Atatiana Jefferson Indicted for Murder


*The former police officer from Fort Worth, Texas who fatally shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson inside her home has been indicted for murder.

35-year-old Aaron Dean was indicted by a Texas grand jury on Friday after he was charged with the murder back in October. Dean shot Jefferson through her bedroom window while responding to a welfare check around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, and he “didn’t have time to perceive a threat” before opening fire, the family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, said.

Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew moments before her death.

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aaron deanPolice have said that Dean’s body camera footage showed that he didn’t identify himself before he fired his weapon.

The footage released by FWPD shows two officers searching the outside of the home with flashlights before one shouts, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” The officer gave Jefferson four seconds to respond before shooting and killing her.

Dean would have been fired but was dishonorably discharged from the department.

“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct,” Police Chief Ed Kraus told reporters.

Attorney Lee Merritt called the indictment a “major step.”

“What we are holding out for is a vigorous prosecution and an appropriate sentence,” he said at a news conference Friday.

“We are guarded in our optimism,” Merritt said.

Jefferson was a pre-medicine graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and was working in pharmaceutical equipment sales.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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