Fort Worth Police Want To Make Sure Officer Shooting Case Prosecuted Properly

Alan Scaia
October 15, 2019 - 12:58 pm
Fort Worth Chief Ed Kraus

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The Fort Worth Police Chief says the Major Crimes and Internal Affairs units are working "diligently" with the district attorney to make sure the case against a former officer is prosecuted properly.

Former FWPD officer Aaron Dean has been charged with murder for killing Atatiana Jefferson inside her home last Saturday.

Police have released the arrest warrant affidavit against Dean. The affidavit says he saw someone through a window and yelled, "Put your hands up!" but never identified himself as an officer.

DOCUMENT: Fort Worth Police Arrest Warrant For Aaron Dean

At the time, Jefferson was playing video games with her 8 year old nephew.

In warrant he says his aunt heard noises, pulled out her gun, and pointed it towards the window...then she was shot.

The affidavit says Dean refused an interview after the shooting, and his lawyer would provide a written statement. 

Ed Kraus, the interim police chief, says officers met Dean at his lawyer's office and arrested him. He posted bond and was released several hours later.

"There's absolutely no excuse for this incident," Kraus says. "The person responsible will be held accountable. Miss Jefferson's family and the community will have the last word."

The affidavit says Dean was dispatched to an open structure call, not a welfare check. The affidavit says officers responding did not announce their presence.

Dean went into the backyard and shined his flashlight into a window. He says he saw someone inside and yelled, "Put your hands up, show me your hands," but he did not identify himself as a police officer.

Dean fired once, and Jefferson fell to the ground. The affidavit says officers then gave first aid. Jefferson was pronounced dead when MedStar arrived.

The affidavit says Jefferson's nephew told police Jefferson heard something outside. She got her gun out of her purse when she went to see what was happening. The nephew told police Jefferson raised the gun toward the window before she was shot.

"The gun was found just inside the room, but it makes sense she would have a gun if she felt she was being threatened or there was someone in the backyard," Kraus says.

Kraus says he hopes the action against Dean will also show residents of Fort Worth his actions represent just one of the city's 1,700 officers.

"I don't have any officers saying this action should not have been taken against this officer," he says. "I'm getting the complete opposite response. 'Chief, thanks for being quick and decisive. This is going to help heal us.'"​