BODYCAM: Officer Shooting at Dog Hits Woman

The woman struck was killed in the incident

By Calibre Press  |   Aug 5, 2019

A woman, identified as 30-year-old Margarita Brooks, was shot and killed as an Arlington, Texas, police officer sought to check on her welfare.

As the officer approached the woman on a grassy strip on Thursday, Aug. 1, around 5:20 p.m., he called out to her. And as he did, an aggressive dog charged. The officer ran backward, retrieved his firearm, and shot at the animal, allegedly grazing it, and deterring its approach.

Unfortunately, at least one of the officer’s shots hit Brooks, who remained in the background. Realizing the woman was injured, the officer, accompanied by firefighters and EMS, immediately rendered care and rushed her to the hospital, according to Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson. Brooks died at the hospital around 6 p.m. from a chest wound, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Fox has reported that Brooks is the daughter of an Arlington fire captain.

“Clearly this is not the outcome that the officer wanted, nor the outcome the department wanted,” said Chief Johnson.

Arlington PD is conducting a criminal and administrative investigation into the shooting. The officer meanwhile is on paid administrative leave.

 

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