Interim Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus announced on Monday that the white officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her bedroom on Saturday morning has officially resigned.
“My intent was to meet with him today to terminate his employment with the Fort Worth Police Department, however, the officer tendered his resignation this morning before we met,” said Kraus in a press conference featured on CNN.
We know now that former Officer Aaron Dean was immediately provided with a written administrative complaint after the shooting and placed on detached duty, where both his bade and his weapon were taken away.
However, Kraus confirmed that if Dean had not resigned, his intention was to terminate Dean from the Fort Worth Police Department for violating several policies including the use of force used to de-escalate the situation and unprofessional conduct. Dean has been on the force since April 2018.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price issued an apology to Jefferson’s family on behalf of the city.
“To Atatiana’s family, it’s unacceptable. There is nothing that can justify what happened on Saturday morning. Nothing,” she told reporters.
On Saturday, a neighbor called the Fort Worth police because Jefferson’s front door appeared to be open. Two seconds after arriving to the house in response to the call, Dean is seen on edited body camera footage shouting commands outside saying,”Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” He never identifies himself, bunt instead decides to immediately firing into what looks like a dark bedroom. We later learned that Jefferson was in that room and had been shot to death while babysitting her 8-year old nephew. The medical examiner says she died at 2:30 a.m.