Arlington Officer Who Fatally Shot Woman During Welfare Call Has Resigned

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November 01, 2019 - 4:10 pm
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ARLINGTON (KRLD/AP/NBC 5) - The Arlington police officer who fatally shot a woman while aiming at a dog that was running at him and barking has resigned, NBC 5 reports. 

Ravi Singh tendered his resignation from the Arlington Police Department on Friday, effectively ending the administrative investigation whether he followed departmental policy and training standards in the August incident.

Arlington police said the criminal investigation has been turned over to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office for presentation to the grand jury.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson had previously stated that the 25-year-old officer had completed academy training in February and was released from supervised patrol duty on July 1. The incident happened exactly a month later. 

Johnson said the officer hadn’t fired his service weapon in the line of duty before that day when he shot 30-year-old Margarita Brooks in the chest.

Police, Arlington Fire, and paramedics responded to a 911 call about a woman passed out north of the Lamar Boulevard-Collins Street intersection that afternoon. 

The caller directed police to the spot where the woman was lying down. Singh spotted the Brooks in the grass behind a business and approached her. When the officer called out to the woman to see if she was okay, police say the dog started running at the officer and barking. Singh fired his gun several times at the dog, but he hit Brooks instead, killing her.

The Arlington Fire Department confirmed Friday that Brooks is the daughter of an Arlington fire captain.

"Everything about this call is an absolute tragedy. Our hearts are broken for the Brooks family and the police officer involved," Johnson said. 

The dog, which investigators think belonged to Brooks, suffered a graze wound and was placed in quarantine.

Footage of the shooting recorded by the officer’s body-worn camera was released after the incident took place. 

It is not clear when the grand jury may hear the case against Singh.

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