Brooks, 30, died of her wounds after being accidentally shot in the chest by a young police officer, who is yet to be identified
New body cam footage shows a homeless woman being accidentally shot to death by a Texas cop who trying to fire at her charging dog.
Margarita Victoria Brooks, 30, was struck in the chest by one of three bullets and later died of her wounds on Thursday.
The Arlington patrol officer was sent to check on her after reports of a woman lying on the grass near to an unrestrained dog.
Police body cam footage shows the cop call out to the woman before the dog charges and barks at him near to Canton Drive and North Collins Street.
‘Get back,’ he yells, scrambling for his gun. As the dog approaches nearer he fires three shots at the dog.
After the third, a woman’s scream is heard. ‘Oh my god…’ Brooks yells out in pain. ‘Somebody shot me,’ she appears to shout, as the officer races over to her.
The cop, who is yet to be identified, was described by Police Chief Will Johnson as a 25-year-old Asian-American who had only be in the field on his own for a month, according to Fox4.
The unidentified cop approached the woman lying in a grassy area (left). When her dog charged at him barking (right) he pulled out his weapon
The officer fired three shot scaring the dog (left) who ran off back towards its own (right)
He began his career as a detention officer in 2012, he graduated from police academy in February, the site reported, and completed his field training on July 1.
Johnson said: ‘Our hearts are broken for the Brooks family and the police officer involved.
Johnson (above) said the team’s ‘heart was broken’ for both the family of Brooks (right) and also the officer involved in a statement
‘Clearly, this is not the outcome that the officer wanted nor is it the outcome that the department wanted.
‘Miss Brooks was never the intended target of the officer’s use of force. On behalf of the entire department, I offer my sincerest condolences.
‘And I ask for prayers, not only for the family but for the officer that was involved in this call.’
Paramedics then rushed Brooks to City Medical Arlington, where she died from her injuries around 6pm, reported Arlington Voice. The woman’s cause of death has not yet been released.
‘Preliminary information leads investigators to believe the woman was struck by gunfire from the officer,’ the police statement said.
Brooks was the daughter of an Arlington Fire Captain.
Her dog a 40 pound lab mix was also injured and remains in quarantine, Fox reported.
Brooks (above) was the daughter of an Arlington Fire Captain. She died from her wound in hospital
An Arlington, Texas, police officer shot and killed homeless woman Margarita Brooks, 30, after opening fire on a loose dog that charged at him on Thursday
Police say they had responded to the area for a report of a woman passed out on a patch of grass. The dog was found unrestrained next to the woman
Acquaintances of Brooks told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that she was homeless and she was often seen with her boyfriend and a dog in the same area where she was shot.
Online records indicate that Brooks’ past criminal history included criminal mischief and probation violation counts.
Thursday’s shooting was captured on the officer’s body camera, and that footage will be part of the investigation. As of Friday morning, it has not been released to the public.
The patrol officer, who has not been named, is assigned to the North District, according to CBS DFW.