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Rookie cop is indicted after accidentally shooting dead mother when opening fire on her charging dog

Ravi Singh, formerly of the Arlington Police Department, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury on criminally negligent homicide charges Wednesday

Ravi Singh, formerly of the Arlington Police Department, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury on criminally negligent homicide charges Wednesday

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.

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.

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Margarita Jones died from a gunshot wound to the chest

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

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 (left) 

Bodycam footage shows that as the rookie cop approached Jones, he notices her unrestrained dog, which then begins to bark

Bodycam footage shows that as the rookie cop approached Jones, he notices her unrestrained dog, which then begins to bark








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.

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.

Brooks’ family say they welcome the charges against Singh but recognize this is only the first step in getting justice for her.

‘We are pleased that the Tarrant County Grand Jury has returned an indictment for the officer who killed Maggie,’ the Brooks family said in a statement to CBS Local. ‘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 death, but that the Arlington Police Department is also held accountable for its lack of training and procedures in responding to welfare checks.’

The officer fired three shot scaring the dog (above)

The dog ran off back towards its own (above)

‘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

The mother-of-three is heard screaming ‘what the f***. Oh my god – the police shot me!’ and continues to cry out in pain

Brooks (above) was the daughter of an Arlington Fire Captain

Brooks (above) died from her wound in hospital

Brooks (above) was the daughter of an Arlington Fire Captain. She died from her wound in hospital 

Her father, Troy Brooks, an Arlington fire captain, said in his own statement to FOX4 that he believes the charges should’ve been more severe.

‘It’s a puppy. This is a grown man afraid of a puppy. Who is the paid professional in this encounter? Every child, every mailman, every runner, jogger, bicyclist has dealt with a dog running at them and no one ends up dead. Why do you go to deadly force immediately?

‘We were hoping for a manslaughter indictment. We got what we got,’ he added.

Brooks leaves behind three children – ages nine, 11 and 13. The eldest child lives with their father, with the two younger children live with Troy Brooks.

‘Rule number one, don’t kill the citizens,’ Troy said, adding that he believed his daughter’s death was completely avoidable.

Her father, Troy Brooks, an Arlington fire captain, said in his own statement to FOX4 that he believes the charges should¿ve been more severe

Her father, Troy Brooks, an Arlington fire captain, said in his own statement to FOX4 that he believes the charges should’ve been more severe

Going forward, Troy Brooks is not only lobbying for accountability in the Arlington Police Department, but across the country. He wants money to be poured into other services to help the community directly, rather than inflating police budgets.

Brooks said the police work for the community, but his experience coupled with hundreds of other incidents across the country make him believe that isn’t true.

‘It’s not a blue life. It’s a blue shirt. And we paid for it as taxpayers,’ he told the Star Telegram. ‘You should work for us. We should define your job, not you.’

Under Texas state law, ‘a person is criminally negligent with respect to the result of his or her conduct when he or she ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a particular result will occur,’ according to a news release from the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted of the charge, Singh faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

His attorney, Kathy Lowthorp, responded to his arrest in a statement.

‘Well, when you deal with a dog that’s ready to attack then the person in any one of those careers would have to do what they have to do to protect themselves. And there was malice against the daughter — she was just in the wrong place. The dog should’ve been on a leash.’

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