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The Cop Who Killed Atatiana Jefferson In Her Home Resigns

The Forth Worth, Texas police officer who shot and killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her own home on Saturday has resigned.

Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus announced at a news conference Monday that officer Aaron Dean had resigned from the force earlier that day. Kraus said he had intended to fire Dean, however he resigned before they met.

Dean, who was with the department for a little over 2 years, may still face criminal charges for the shooting of Atatiana. Kraus says he is expecting a “substantial update” on the criminal case no later than Tuesday.

“None of this information can ease the pain of Atatiana’s family, but I hope it shows the community that we take these incidents seriously,” the police chief said. 

Dean, who is white, can be seen on body cam video shooting Atatiana through the window of her home on Saturday around 2:30 a.m. He and other officers arrived at the residence in response to a non-emergency called placed by Atatiana’s neighbor. The neighbor, who noticed Atatiana’s front door was open and her lights on, called police to do a welfare check on her.

Body camera video released Saturday shows Dean entering the backyard of the house, turning left, suddenly grabbing for his gun and pointing it at the window.

“Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” he can be heard shouting before immediately firing one round through the screen window. 

The officers then entered the house and provided emergency medical care to Jefferson, but police said she died at the scene. There’s no indication the officers identified themselves to Jefferson or knocked on the front door of the house before the shooting, officials said.

Dean was served a written administrative complaint the following day, placed on administrative leave and stripped of his badge and firearm, Kraus said Monday.

“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies, including our use of force policy, our deescalation policy and unprofessional conduct,” he said during the news conference.

State licensing paperwork will also reflect that Dean was “dishonorably discharged” from the force, Kraus said.

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