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Ex-Fort Worth officer free on bond following murder arrest

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A Fort Worth police officer who resigned before he could be fired is now charged with murder for the death of a woman.

Former Officer Aaron Dean, 34, was arrested for murder Monday night. He is no longer behind bars after posting at least 10% of his $200,000 bond.

Dean shot and killed 28-year-old Atatania Jefferson early Saturday after her neighbor on Allen Avenue called a non-emergency police number to report seeing her door open.

Body camera video shows the former officer walking around the perimeter of the house with a flashlight and gun drawn. Police said when he got to the back window, he saw someone standing inside the home.

After “perceiving a threat,” Dean can be heard saying, “Put your hands up. Show me your hands,” before immediately shooting through the window and killing Jefferson.

Dean was arrested just hours after he handed in his resignation. Fort Worth Police Department Interim Chief Ed Kraus said he planned to fire Dean before he resigned for violating the department’s use of force policy.

On Monday, both Kraus and Mayor Betsy Price called Jefferson a victim and agreed the shooting was not justified.

“We received many calls from the community expressing their concerns and demands. And I assure you as chief of this department, I share those concerns and I demand a thorough, transparent and speedy investigation,” Chief Kraus said.

“The entire city is in pain. As a grandmother, a mother, a sister and an aunt, I can’t imagine anything worse and I’m so sorry. On behalf of the entire city of Fort Worth, I’m sorry,” Mayor Price said.

There have been nine officer-involved shootings in Fort Worth this year. The mayor wants a panel of national experts to review the department. She also plans to meet with the family privately.

Atatania Jefferson’s Family

Community activists and Jefferson’s family are calling for changes in the police department.

They said Jefferson, who was known to her family as Tay, had dreams of pursuing a career in medicine before her life was taken away.

Her aunt, two sisters and brother spoke out on Monday alongside attorney Lee Merritt. They want to let people know that the 28-year-old had a kind heart and always put others first.

She had recently moved into the home on Allen Avenue to help with her mother, whose health is declining. She also helped with her 8-year-old nephew Zion whom she was especially close to.

Tay was playing video games with Zion when she was shot and killed, the family said.

The little boy who witnessed the tragedy is remaining strong for the family.

“He’s my motivation and he’s my biggest encouragement in the middle of the night when I’m crying. He wakes up and tells me to breathe in my nose and out my mouth. He holds me. He hugs me. And these are the things I should be doing for him. But he’s helping me to be strong and I believe that’s because my sister had a big part in that,” said Amber Carr, Jeffreson’s sister.

“The family of Atatiana Jefferson is relieved that Aaron Dean has been arrested and charged with murder. We need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution and appropriate sentencing. The city of Fort Worth has much work to do to reform a brutal culture of policing,” Merritt said in a statement on behalf of the family.

Dean joined Fort Worth PD in 2017. He graduated from the police academy and became an officer in April of 2018.

Merritt said he should have been fired the night he murdered Jefferson.

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Fort Worth city leaders have promised to listen to community concerns about the police department.

The city has taken a very unified and clear stance on Jefferson’s death, saying it never should have happened.

After police body camera video was released, a lot of people were very frustrated with what they saw. Many said the victim didn’t stand a chance in the few seconds she had after being approached by the officer.

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Marquel Ellis 16, Allen High School football player shot and killed at a house party in Plano

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Marquel Ellis 16, an Allen Eagle High School football player in Plano, was shot and killed.

The incident happened Saturday night at the 3200 block of Peachtree Lane.

The 16-year-old was taken to the local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Plano PD did not release the teen name but Allen ISD identified the teen as Marquel Ellis in a statement:

“We were notified earlier today of the tragic incident that took the life of Marquel Ellis, Jr.  Marquel was a sophomore at Allen High School.  The school has arranged for counselors to be available for students and staff on Monday morning.”

Sources say, a party was going on in a home and a group got kicked out and returned with gunfire. No one else was injured.

Police said they have not yet identified any suspects.

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Kids Playing Hide and Seek and Found a Body in Fort Worth

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Kids playing hide and seek found a body.

Police are now investigating the death of a man near the 9000 block of N. Normandale St. in Fort Worth, TX.

The body was found around 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Name of the victim has not been released and the medical examiner’s officer working on the cause of death.

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Brandon Gonzales got the Hell out of Town, Moved to Florida.

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Brandon Gonzales who was mistakenly accused of killing two party-goers in a shooting in Greenville has moved to Florida.

Brandon was arrested for the shooting on Oct. 26, He was released Nov. 5. As of yet, no arrest made in connection with the shooting.

According to NBCDFW Gonzales, 23, went to an interview Monday for a job at a warehouse in Florida, he said the interviewer told him: Let’s wait a year to let this settle down.

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