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    Margarita Victoria Brooks (30) Killed by Arlington, TX police

    A woman who was the subject of a welfare call was fatally shot Thursday afternoon by an Arlington police officer trying to shoot a dog charging toward him.

    Margarita "Maggie" Victoria Brooks
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    The woman, identified Friday morning as 30-year-old Margarita Victoria Brooks, was reportedly passed out in a grassy area near the intersection of Cantor Drive and North Collins Street with her dog nearby.

    The police were called to conduct a welfare check and officers responded along with EMS personnel and firefighters.

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    "As the officer began to approach what appeared to be a woman lying in the grass, he noticed there was also an unrestrained dog," Arlington police said in a statement.

    The patrol officer, standing along a fence line near a heavily wooded area behind a business, called out to Brooks repeatedly, police said. Suddenly, the dog started barking and running toward him, police said.

    Detectives said the officer retreated, pulled out his gun and fired toward the dog several times, police said. Afterward, Brooks started to cry out and it was apparent she had been injured, police said.

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    "Preliminary information leads investigators to believe the woman was struck by gunfire from the officer," police said in a statement Thursday evening.

    Brooks was hospitalized and later died. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Brooks' cause of death a homicide with gunshot wound to the chest. The dog, which police believe belonged to Brooks, survived the shooting.

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    Arlington police said Friday there are two investigations currently underway. The first is a criminal investigation to see if the officer's actions were in accordance with Texas state law. The case will be forwarded to the Tarrant County district attorney for presentation to the Grand Jury.

    The second investigation is an administrative inquiry to determine if departmental policy and training standards were followed.

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    The officer is a 25-year-old who joined the department in 2012 as a detention officer. He graduated the police academy in February 2019. He is now on routine leave pending the outcome of the two investigations.

    The dog has been described as a 40-pound lab mix who is currently in quarantine at the Arlington Aminal Shelter. It may have been grazed by a bullet but Arlington police have not confirmed that.

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    People who live and work near where the shooting occurred said they often saw Brooks walking with her boyfriend and that the couple appeared to be homeless. They said the pair always had a dog with them; many people described the dog as small or medium-sized, resembling a beagle.

    A woman NBC 5 spoke with Friday said a photo of "Maggie" Brooks looked like a woman she frequently saw panhandling in the area with her dog.

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    Larry Hamilton, who lives in a nearby apartment but was homeless for several years and said he knew Brooks, described her to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as "a good-hearted person" who always made sure the dog was fed before she fed herself. He said, too, that the dog was small and a mix between a beagle and Labrador retriever and didn't appear to be aggressive.

    Brooks is the daughter of a captain with the Arlington Fire Department who has been with the city for more than three decades.

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    Arlington police Lt. Christopher Cook said Friday that it's not clear why Brooks was on the ground or if she was having a medical emergency before the shooting.

    Cook said investigators were reviewing body camera footage of the shooting and additional information was expected to be released Friday, including how many shots the officer fired and how many times Brooks was struck. Investigators have not released the name of the officer, who is a patrol officer of the North District. Cook said he wasn't sure when the officer's name would be released.

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    The fact she was apparently homeless means most likely nothing happens to the cop.

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    The Arlington police officer who shot and killed the subject of a welfare call while trying to shoot a charging dog has resigned

    Ravi Singh tendered his resignation from the Arlington Police Department on Friday, effectively ending the administrative investigation whether he followed departmental policy and training standards in the August incident.

    Arlington police said the criminal investigation has been turned over to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office for presentation to the grand jury.

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    A former police officer in Arlington, Texas, who fatally shot a woman as he was aiming for her dog was indicted on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

    A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Ravinder Singh on Wednesday, more than a year after the Aug. 1, 2019 death of Margarita Brooks, the county's District Attorney's Office said in a press release.

    Singh, who resigned from the Arlington Police Department in 2019, faces up to two years in state jail or a fine of up to $10,000. It's not clear if Singh has turned himself in or has obtained an attorney. He could not immediately be reached Thursday.

    Troy Brooks, the father of Margarita Brooks, told NBC News in a phone interview on Thursday that he hoped Singh would be charged with manslaughter "because he thought it was more appropriate."

    Singh was responding to a welfare check for a call about a woman passed out in a grassy area when the shooting occurred, the police department said in a press release on the day of the shooting.

    "As the officer began to approach what appeared to be a woman lying in the grass, he noticed there was also an unrestrained dog," police said. "As the officer called out to the woman repeatedly concerning her welfare, the dog began to run towards the officer while barking."

    "The officer retreated backwards from the running dog while drawing his duty firearm," according to the press release. "The officer discharged his firearm multiple times towards the dog. After the shots were fired, the woman yelled out and it was apparent she was injured."

    Body-camera video released Wednesday by the District Attorney's Office shows Singh walking down a sidewalk when he approaches Brooks.

    "Hello? Are you okay?" Singh shouts in the video, which was obtained by NBC News. Brooks appears to respond.

    "Is that your dog?" Singh says.

    As the dog runs toward Singh, he backs away and pulls out his gun. Several shots are heard on the video followed by Brooks' scream. "What the f---. Oh my God," she says in the video.

    Singh radios that shots have been fired and then approaches Brooks. The 31-year-old mother-of-three was shot in the chest and later died at a hospital.

    Brooks' father said his daughter was waiting for her boyfriend when she was approached by the officer.

    "That day she was simply sitting in the shade of a tree with her 6-month-old puppy waiting for her boyfriend to come back from work," he said, questioning why Singh used his gun to stop the dog.

    "He had a baton, he had mace, he had Taser. There's a de-escalation of force," Troy Brooks said. "This was a panicked 25-year-old man who was scared of a 6-month-old puppy."

    The dog was injured in the shooting and is now being cared for by Troy Brooks.

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