The white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black woman Atatiana Jefferson has been freed on bond.
Aaron Dean was charged with murder after being accused of fatally shooting the 28-year-old through a window in her home. The young woman died as she played video games with her eight-year-old nephew.
Dean was arrested and charged with murder on Monday night and was being held in Tarrant County Jail. His bond was set at $200,000.
Dean was called to Jefferson’s home to perform a wellness check, after a neighbor noticed that her front door was open.
The incident took place at around 2.30am Saturday.
“The Fort Worth Police Department would again like to express our deepest condolences to Ms. Jefferson’s family,” A Fort Worth Police spokesman said during a Monday night press conference.
“We understand that this is a tough and tragic event, not only for the family, but for the community.”
“We value the trust we have with our community. We will continue to build that trust. And we will continue to be as transparent as possible in all police matters.”
“To the citizens and residents of our city, we feel and understand your anger and disappointment,’ the spokesman continued. ‘And we stand by you as we work together to make Fort Worth a better place for us all.”
Interim Fort Worth police chief Ed Kraus announced that Aaron Dean had resigned on Monday afternoon.
But maintained that the department had was going to terminate the officer’s employment anyway.
“He no longer has the protections of state civil service law,” Kraus said.
On Saturday, Dean and another officer were called to Atatiana’s home. A neighbor had noticed that her door was open at around 2.30am Saturday.
Atatiana was playing video games with her nephew when they heard a noise outside.
When she went out to investigate, she was met by former Officer Aaron Dean.
Disturbing body camera footage released by the Fort Worth Police Department shows Dean shining a flashlight into the back side home.
“Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” he shouts through the window with his gun drawn.
Without hesitaton the officer fired a single shot, killing Atatiana in front of her nephew.
On Monday, Atatiana ‘Tay’ Jefferson’s loved ones spoke at a press conference on Monday, sharing their heartbreak over her death.
There has been seven police-on-civilian shootings in Forth Worth since June.
Lee Miller, the family’s attorney, called the Fort Worth Police Department’s response to the situation “absurd.”
Atatiana’s older sister, Amber, is the mother to Zion, who witnessed his aunt get shot.
Amber Carr praised her son’s response to the tragedy and revealed that he’s been the one taking care of her in the aftermath.
“He’s my biggest encourager. In the middle of the night when I’m crying he wakes up and tells me to breathe. He holds me, he hugs me,” she said.
Atatiana served as a mother figure to Zion and had recently become as his primary caretaker.
Atatiana’s father Marquis Jefferson spoke out on Sunday, calling her death “senseless.”
“My daughter was 28 years old, had her whole life in front of her,” he told KTXA of the aspiring doctor who worked in pharmaceutical sales.
“You have to know this is somebody’s daughter. Somebody loved her. There was a better way. It didn’t have to be like that.”