Here's what we know about the Fort Worth police shooting

Clay Curtis
October 15, 2019

A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door was charged with murder on Monday after resigning from the force. Add Texas Police Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Texas Police Shooting news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "If I had never dialed the police department, she'd still be alive", he said.

Fort Worth is about 50 kilometres west of Dallas, where another high-profile police shooting occurred past year.

Kraus said his intention was to fire the officer for violating policies, including the use-of-force policy.

Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price called for "justice and closure" for Ms Jefferson's family, and Mr Kraus said he expects a "substantial update" by Tuesday on whether criminal charges will be filed against Dean.

Police tape at the scene in Fort Worth, Texas, after a woman was shot in her own home by police, October 13, 2019.

Interim Chief Ed Kraus said Monday that if the officer, Aaron Dean, had not resigned, he would have been fired.

Jefferson's family spoke out at a news conference to demand justice.

"This man murdered someone", Carr told reporters. Perhaps it would also be wise to end the militarization of our police departments as suggested a year ago by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He said that officers and military alike are "trained and taught there are pre-planned responses to everything you do". This is not an uncommon thing for the police to do and generally follows a similar script regardless of what jurisdiction you're in. "And when you don't do it the way you've been trained or the way you've been taught, you have to answer for that", Carr said. "The U.S. Navy is not allowed to do it, they should not be as well".

The shooting came after a neighbor called police to report that Jefferson's front and side doors were lying ajar.

"Of course this family is calling for the firing of this officer".

"We're homeowners in Texas", he said.

Merritt also established a GoFundMe to support Jefferson's family; over 5,000 people have donated to the fund in her memory. She also said her son was the first to tell her what happened.

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But in the seconds leading up to Jefferson's death, a Fort Worth police officer shot into her bedroom, killing her near her 8-year-old nephew.

Two officers were dispatched to the scene. He said representatives of the police department have spoken with the woman's family and "shared our serious and heartfelt concern for this unspeakable loss".

Police have said the officer perceived a threat when he saw someone near the window and opened fire.

"We don't think that Fort Worth Police should be investigating it on their own", Merritt said.

According to local news outlet WFAA, police held a press conference Sunday and offered no explanation for why they "released images of a gun in Jefferson's bedroom, what those images were meant to convey, or what may have prompted the officer to fire his weapon".

The shooting was captured on Dean's body camera, which shows the cop approach the window of the home with his gun drawn and shout "put your hands up!"

Guyger was a white Dallas police officer who walked into a black man's apartment, thinking it was her own, and shot and killed the man. 144, or 21 percent, of those victims were Black.

Jefferson was pronounced dead minutes later.

Hours after the shooting, police released a heavily edited version of the officer's body camera footage. James Smith said he was concerned because he said he knew Jefferson's young nephew was there with her. She was shot when she peered into the darkness.

Merritt said the funds collected "will go directly to funeral cost and other expenses associated with this tragedy".

CNN requested the unedited body camera footage, an incident report and dispatch audio from the dispatch call that prompted the response. He didn't have time to perceive a threat. "Her mother would tell me, 'She's in there reading, reading, reading'". "It was reckless, deadly behavior".

Fort Worth is about 30 miles west of Dallas, where another high-profile police shooting occurred previous year.

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