Former Fort Worth Officer Booked On Murder Charge, Released On Bond

Alan Scaia
October 14, 2019 - 7:27 pm

Fort Worth Police Department

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The former Fort Worth police officer charged with murder for shooting a woman in her own home Saturday has been booked and bonded out of jail. The Tarrant County Sheriff's Office says Aaron Dean was released about four hours after he was booked on $200,000 bond Monday evening.

The interim police chief says he was planning to fire Dean Monday, but he submitted his resignation first. Ed Kraus says Dean has not been answering questions or cooperating with investigators.

"We understand this is a tough and tragic event, not only for [Atatiana Jefferson's> family but for the community," Sgt Chris Daniels says.

Records from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement show Dean, 34, joined Fort Worth police in April of 2018. He had​ graduated from the police academy in Fort Worth and never worked for another department.

Kraus says Fort Worth will continue its internal investigation and has provided information to the FBI to investigate potential civil rights violations.

City Manager David Cooke says the Fort Worth city council will develop a plan in the coming weeks to hire outside experts who will review the police department's training, use-of-force and de-escalation policies.

Dean shot and killed  Atatiana Jefferson through a window in her home after being dispatched to the location about 2:30 Saturday morning. A neighbor called a non-emergency line to report the home's front door had been left open. Jefferson's family on Monday called for Dean to be charged in the case.

"She was simply going along with her life, living a law-abiding citizen's peaceful life, and she was killed by a reckless act of a Fort Worth Police Officer," said Jefferson's sister, Ashley Carr.

Family members were joined by attorney Lee Merritt on Monday, who called for Dean's arrest and an outside review of the Fort Worth Police Department.

"Rage, concern, investment is the appropriate response to someone being killed in their home," he said. He posted a statement on-line Monday night that "the family of Atatiana Jefferson is relieved that Aaron Dean has been arrested and charged with murder. We need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution and appropriate sentencing."

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas says Dean has not hired a lawyer, but it would provide help with legal costs.​