A former Texas police officer has been indicted in the fatal shooting of a homeless woman last year after he opened fire at a dog racing towards him and inadvertently struck her.
Why is this such a widely accepted policy?
Ravi Singh, formerly of the Arlington Police Department, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury on criminally negligent homicide charges Wednesday in relation to the August 2019 shooting death of 30-year-old Margarita Jones.
Singh, 26, had been responding to a call of a woman reportedly passed out in a grassy area near the intersection of Cantor Drive and North Collins Street on August 1.
Bodycam footage shows that as the rookie cop approached Jones, he notices her unrestrained dog, which then begins to bark.
‘Hello, are you OK? Is that your dog?’ Singh is heard calling out. Jones replies that she’s fine, but suddenly her dog begins racing towards the officer.
‘Get back!’ the officer yells, as the barking dog charges toward him. He begins to back up and then fires three shots.
The mother-of-three is heard screaming ‘what the f***. Oh my god – the police shot me!’ and continues to cry out in pain.
As Singh walks toward Brooks, he tells her: ‘Ma’am, get ahold of your dog.’
Jones suffered a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. She was taken to Medical City Arlington Hospital but later died from her injuries.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Brooks’ cause of death a homicide and the case was handed over to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for presentation to the grand jury.
The dog, described as a 40-pound lab mix, survived the shooting.
Nice shootin Tex… Misses the target, kills person he came to protect.
Three months after the incident, Singh resigned from the Arlington Police Department amid an internal administrative investigation in to whether he followed departmental policy and training standards.
Singh joined the department in 2012 as a detention officer. He graduated from the police academy in February 2019, and completed field training on July 1 – exactly one month before the shooting. He had been placed on leave while the internal investigation was carried out.
Woman shot to death when Arlington cop fires at loose dog