Texas Cop who Killed Woman in her own Home Jailed and Charged with Murder

Aaron Dean resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department Sunday to avoid termination. He was in jail Monday evening.

The Texas cop who shot and killed a woman in her own home while conducting a welfare check has been arrested and charged with murder.

Aaron Dean, who resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department to avoid termination, was listed as an inmate in the Tarrant County Jail Monday evening, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The 34-year-old man was charged with killing Atatiana Jefferson, 28, who was playing video games with her nephew moments before she was killed.

Dean was one of two cops responding to a neighbor's call that the door was left open at Jefferson's house.

He was outside the home when he spotted Jefferson through the window and ordered her to show him her hands but fired his gun before even giving her a chance to do so. He also never identified himself as an officer.

Lee Merritt, attorney for the Jefferson family, said Atatiana Jefferson and her nephew were startled when they heard a noise outside. When she stood up to investigate, she was shot dead.

Fort Worth police initially claimed Dean perceived a threat and they also tried to smear Jefferson by including a photo of a gun they found in her home in the bodycam footage they released even though it is obvious now she was not even holding the gun.

And even if she was, there still would be no justification to shoot her.

Dean joined the force in April 2018 after graduating from the police academy.

​Fort Worth police will be holding a press conference in a few minutes.Watch it below.

Comments (21)
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michaelgrbbs
michaelgrbbs

if someone calls in a welfare check for me, can I press charges on them for attempted murder(the person who called, not the cop). This day and age they must know that's the most likely outcome, therefor that must be why they are calling. It's just like putting a hit on someone.

michaelgrbbs
michaelgrbbs

best thing I ever heard out of a police chiefs mouth. "We need our officers to react with a servants heart, not a warriors heart".

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

punk ass pig fucked up! the first thing out of his mouth should have been "POLICE" and then keep your finger off the trigger! this POS fucked up on so many levels , i will not be surprised if he gets charged with murder!

Clipgee
Clipgee

Only an odiot would think this cop will beat this. Trust me.....he knows what's coming. She's in her home with her gun! He didn't identify himself as an officer & that is what matters!

AirWolf
AirWolf

Unfortunately this may turn out to be a Justified Shooting. It seems that she DID point her gun at the police. And while I think there are other issues about this, I now believe this may have been a circumstance where he felt his life in danger. But I still advocate for all police personnel to undergo psychatric counseling every month so they dont constantly fear their own shadows practically.

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WhoIsMillo
WhoIsMillo

STFU you POS - #1 If you think for one second this was "justified" you're not only a complete dumb*ss but you're also probably a low life undercover racist..

And #2 WHERE is there any evidence or ANY PROOF that she pointed a gun at that pig!??? And even IF she did , this murder STILL ISN'T JUSTIFIED and this piece of shit deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his life 💯🖕🏼 #GTFOH

WhoIsMillo
WhoIsMillo

& SHE NEVER POINTED A GUN AT ANYONE , there was a legal firearm found in her bedroom which has NOTHING TO DO with this pig killing that woman. Do some actual research on this case, STOP spreading lies and get all the cop dik out of your mouth you LOW LIFE POS !!!!

AirWolf
AirWolf

Oh how misinformed the Trolls are today.

OOPS, Sorry I did have PROOF before I posted. Something you and your Liberal Lunacy has a problem with. You know things like FACTS !!!!

Waiting on an apology.....

alanfalleur
alanfalleur

He didn't identify himself as an police officer, so she could just as easily have shot him based on the mistaken assumption HE was a burglar with a gun and a flashlight and been justified by your logic. Remember that Nouman Raja also didn't identify himself properly.

AirWolf
AirWolf

And if she had shot him, I would be supporting her for that reason. Thing in the law called Castle Doctrine. But like I have said. He is probably protected by Soverign Immunity.

Libertarian
Libertarian

I cannot find a law that technically places him in the wrong if she indeed pointed at him. He had no duty to retreat because he was "in the performance of his or her official duties". He failed to identify himself as a police officer, which only has bearing if she had shot him.

She may have had a right to point a gun at him:

"A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony" (forcible felony includes home-invasion robbery and burglary). However, she is not alive to argue that she believed that to be the case. Can the prosecution presume to know what she believed?? If he had walked inside or broke a window, it is prima facie murder.

She acted as any reasonable person would. He is an utter and complete moron. He unnecessarily produced a situation that would put himself in a position to defend himself(I'll call it the BLUE SPOT). Somehow the various state laws needs to reflect this all too common occurrence.

The Blue Spot is when they walk in front of a moving car, enter the wrong house during a raid, jump on or put their hands in a fleeing vehicle, tell a driver to get their wallet out of their pocket, etc., as an excuse to do what if I as a civilian tried, would be convicted and executed for.

AirWolf
AirWolf

Unfortunately no one can make guesses about another persons mindset. All the Misdeeds being bantered about will have meaning when this case goes to Civil Court. But as you found, he will walk criminally.

Libertarian
Libertarian

Agreed. The civil case is slam dunk. The city(insurance) will definitely pay out massively(4-5 million) on this one. I would be surprised if it even makes it to trial. Unfortunately she was not making any money at the time, so her estate will not be able to get much "future earnings".

AirWolf
AirWolf

Her family was contacted and retained (in less than 24hrs) that local Ambulance Chasing Shyster lee merritt. You can read from other posts that I have a Negative respect factor for him. And yes it will be settled, but I doubt it will be in the Multi-Million dollar range. To get that they would have to take it to trial and even then the citys payout can be capped based on State Law. Plus their Shyster hardly ever takes a case to trial. He is just into it for his own petty glory and whatever he can shake loose.

alanfalleur
alanfalleur

Sovereign immunity deals with the government as a whole not being the subject of a lawsuit. I think he's confusing it with what's usually called "Qualified Immunity" -- which deals with an individual official's actions.

Bill Vapes
Bill Vapes

exactly. This is all his fault. her death is on his hands.

Bill Vapes
Bill Vapes

Just put this pig in prison and cut the pay out in half. Everybody is happy Tired of these fucking pigs getting off and leaving the taxpayer with the bills

AirWolf
AirWolf

OK You may be right. Been too long since I studied it exactly. But still, since he was acting in his official capacity as a Sworn Peace officer for the FTW PD. He will be covered.

Libertarian
Libertarian

FYI: It is important to remember, qualified immunity only pertains to the civil suit. Since the suit would likely be based on USC 1893, the officer would argue qualified immunity and likely get it, since he was in the performance of his duties. The law I was outlining before pertains to possible state criminal charges, where qualified immunity does not exist per se. The city can argue sovereign immunity, but it will be argued that officer training was negligent and led to this happening. Thankfully governments are generally required to keep records, which will provide plenty of evidence for the plaintiff.

Wan
Wan

I would have pointed my gun at him to, for she didn't know who he was. He didn't identify himself, like they were supposed to. How is it, every time a officer kill someone, they're the ones who fear for their lives. Yet they're the ones pointing a gun. Makes no sense and he should be charged. Every day he wakes up, I hope he see her face. Every night he close his eyes, I hope he see her face. They for sure don't protect and serve, they hate and kill.

AirWolf
AirWolf

I think they were both justified pointing their guns at each other. Unfortunately cops are trained to shoot first & ask questions later. While we as general citizens are trained to WAIT and make sure what or who we are shooting at. So unfortunately this incident will end up being in the cops favor. Only thing that could change this is how quickly he resigned. He didnt use any of the cop covering other cop asses tricks. So they may be able to hang something on him. But I still feel he will claim qualified immunity because of the shooting being in the line of duty. But like Amber Guyger, they are going to get a Big Settlement in their Civil action.