Trigger Happy Fort Worth officer jailed on murder charge after fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson
The Fort Worth officer who fatally shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her home this weekend was jailed on a murder charge Monday.
Aaron Dean, 34, was booked Monday evening into the Tarrant County Jail, where his bail was set at $200,000. He had resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department earlier in the day. Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus said he had intended to fire Dean, who was set to be interviewed Monday morning, but Dean quit first. His record will reflect a dishonorable discharge. Kraus said Dean resigned before he answered any questions. Dean, who had been on the force since April 2018, has not been cooperative, the chief said. “He resigned before his opportunity to be cooperative,” Kraus said. The chief said the department normally investigates officer-involved shootings with two separate but concurrent processes: an internal affairs investigation and a criminal investigation, with the criminal investigation taking precedence. Fort Worth police spokesman Sgt. Chris Daniels said at a brief news conference Monday night that the department took Dean into custody about 6 p.m. He said the department is still “working diligently to complete the criminal and administrative investigations” and is in close contact with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office. Police did not take any questions at the news conference. The chief is expected to provide an update Tuesday. The charge against Dean came less than two weeks after former Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder for shooting Botham Jean in his apartment last year. Guyger, who said she believed that she was at her apartment and that he was an intruder, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jefferson’s two sisters and brother told The Dallas Morning News in a interview Monday night along with their attorney Lee Merritt that Dean’s arrest was a good first step. “I remember Lee talking about them not liking to arrest cops, so they did that,” said Jefferson’s brother, Adarius Carr. “That’s a huge step for us. They are willing to understand this is serious and we mean it. Justice is important to us.”
The family said they want to see Dean indicted but they really aren’t sure what comes next.
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