The white cop who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her own home over the weekend has been arrested.
Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean was booked on a murder charge Monday, according to online records from the Tarrant County Corrections Center. It appears Dean is still in custody as of this writing — with his bail set at $200,000.
It’s unclear how exactly he was taken into custody, but Dean’s arrest comes hours after he turned in his resignation … and reportedly refused to cooperate with the investigation. This all comes after he gunned down Atatiana — a black woman — while in her own home.
Dean was responding to a welfare call at around 2:30 AM Saturday after a concerned neighbor said they saw her door open. In body cam video released by the Forth Worth Police, you see an officer — reported to be Dean — creep up to a window in her backyard … and almost instantly fire a shot after seeing Atatiana approach from inside.
He quickly told her to put her hands up, but barely gave her any time to respond … and he also did not identify himself as a police officer. Atatiana was reportedly playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew in the house … again, her own property.
She succumbed to her wounds and died in her bedroom.
Let’s hope this is the beginning of justice.
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— Betsy Price (@MayorBetsyPrice) October 14, 2019