A Texas cop who fatally shot a woman who was in her home on Saturday has been charged with murder, US media reports say.
According to NBC News, the records show that former officer Aaron Dean was being held at the Tarrant County Correction Center.
He had earlier turned in his resignation.
Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus was quoted as saying at a news conference that had Dean not resigned, he would have been fired.
“I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct,” Kraus declared.
In a reaction to news of the murder charge, Lee Merritt, the attorney for the family of the woman who was shot dead by the officer tweeted about the need for vigourous prosecution and appropriate sentencing.
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was shot dead on Saturday after a concerned neighbour summoned the police when he saw her door was open.
Officers searched the perimeter of Jefferson’s house and saw “a person standing inside the residence near a window,” Fort Worth police said.
According to CNN, in heavily edited body camera video released by police, then officer Dean can be seen pointing his weapon at the window and yelling “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!”
The US Television network said Dean did not identify himself as an officer and two seconds later, he fired through the window.
The incident has evoked memories of the fatal shooting of Saint Lucian native, Botham Jean in Dallas in September last year.
Amber Guyger, then a police officer, fatally shot an an unarmed Jean in his own apartment claiming that she mistook the apartment for hers and believed that he was an intruder.
Both lived on different floors of the same apartment complex.
Guyger was charged with murder and recently jailed for ten years.