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Texas Cop Who Shot Woman In Her Own Home Resigns As People Call For His Arrest

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Texas Cop Who Shot Woman In Her Own Home Resigns As People Call For His Arrest

The Fort Worth, Texas, police officer who fatally shot a woman while she was babysitting her nephew over the weekend resigned Monday, NBC News reports.

The cop, Aaron Dean, was initially placed on administrative leave following the killing of victim Atatiana Jefferson, 28. He has not been cooperating with investigators in the case, Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus said.

Kraus announced at a news conference that the former officer faces face criminal charges as well as possible civil rights violations and that he intended to end Dean’s employment, but that Dean tendered his resignation first.

“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct,” Kraus said.

In a separate news conference earlier Monday, Jefferson’s family demanded an outside investigation into her death and called for the officer who killed her to be arrested.

“This man murdered someone. He should be arrested,” Darius Carr, Jefferson’s brother, told reporters.

Kraus brought the case to the Texas Rangers, who he said were not inclined to take it up at this point, and to the FBI, which did not immediately say whether it would review it.

Jefferson’s death prompted outrage in Fort Worth and across social media.

“This life mattered. This family matters. And we’re demanding justice,” Cory Hughes, a local activist, said Monday.

Amber Carr, Jefferson’s sister and the mother of the boy who Jefferson was with when she was killed, said her son was helping her to stay strong.

“He’s my motivation. He’s my biggest encourager. In the middle of the night, when I’m crying, he tells me to breathe through my nose and out my mouth,” she said. “He holds me, he hugs me.”

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