DALLAS (AP/CBSDFW) – Dallas Police Department officer Christopher Hess was indicted by a grand jury for aggravated assault for shooting and killing a pregnant woman who was in a stolen car in January.
Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher Hess surrendered to authorities Monday at the Dallas County Jail.
He bonded out of jail around 2:00 p.m.
He’s accused in the January death of 21-year-old Genevive Dawes, who authorities say was driving a stolen car and ignored police commands when she drove into a police cruiser and took other actions that prompted Hess to shoot.
Supporters of the Dawes family say she and a passenger were sleeping in the car and weren’t aggressive.
Hess has been placed on administrative leave.
Hess is a 10-year veteran of the police force. He now faces a first-degree felony charge, on the same level as murder. The other officer involved in this shooting was Sr. Cpl. Jason Kimpel, an eight-year veteran. He will not face any charges.
He is the first Dallas officer in 43 years to be indicted for an officer-involved shooting that resulted in death.
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