A previous rookie cop in Texas has been indicted on charges of criminally irresponsible homicide for fatally shooting a 30-year-old mother throughout a well-being check in 2019.
Ex-Arlington Police Department officer Ravi Singh inadvertently shot Margarita Brooks in the chest on Aug. 1., 2019 when he fired his weapon at a dog that was lunging at him, police officers said.
Singh, 26, had actually been reacting to a call about a female that lost consciousness on a grassy location near the crossway of Cantor Drive and North Collins Street, when he found Brooks, regional outlet CBS DFW reported.
Bodycam footage revealed Singh asking if an unrestrained dog came from Brooks, before screaming “Get back!” and shooting off three shots as the animal began running towards him.
” What the f– k?! Oh my God– the police shot me!,” Brooks could be heard shrieking.
The mom-of-three was sent to a local hospital, where she passed away of her injuries.
Singh resigned soon after the shooting.
A grand jury in Tarrant County indicted the former police officer on Wednesday. If convicted, he might face two years in prison.
Brooks’ family welcomed the charges however said the whole department must be held accountable for the rookie’s obvious lack of training.
“We are pleased that the Tarrant County Grand Jury has returned an indictment for the officer who killed Maggie,” the family said in a statement. “Officers responding to welfare checks should not be so quick to use their deadly weapons in situations that do not call for use of force.”
“Our hope is not only that this officer is held responsible for Maggie’s passing, but that the Arlington Police Department is also held accountable for its lack of training and procedures in responding to welfare checks,” the family added.