DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The trial for a former Dallas police officer charged in a deadly shooting of a pregnant, mother of two is underway.
Christopher Hess faces a charge of aggravated assault by a public servant despite the death of 21-year-old Genevive Dawes in 2017.READ MORE: North Texas Seeing Plenty Of COVID-19 Vaccine Supply With No Wait Lists
Hess is accused of shooting Dawes in the 4700 block of East Side Avenue, near an apartment complex.
Authorities at the time said officers approached a stolen vehicle on foot while “giving loud verbal commands.” But the people inside of the car ignored those words. Dawes, who was driving then backed up the car into a patrol car before driving forward and striking a fence.
A passenger, identified as 23-year-old Virgilio Rosales, was not seriously injured. He was, however, arrested for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Dallas Police Officer Erin Evans is testifying in case. She was one of the officers on scene. Evans found a gun inside the van after the shooting, but testified the gun’s presence was not the reason for the officer’s decision to shoot.READ MORE: 'Nobody Should Get Away With Murder': Family Continues Search For Answers After Father Killed In Suspected Road Rage Shooting In Dallas
“To my knowledge, I don’t know if that gun was seen, because I did not see it. So, I don’t know what was was seen when shots were fired, by the people who fired them. But if there’s no threat, and you don’t see that as a threat, that would not be a justification.”
Almost immediately following the shooting there were cries from the community of an unjustified use of deadly force. Hess, a 10-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was removed from the department and indicted.
Authorities said Hess, a 10-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was removed from the department and indicted.
The other officer involved in this shooting was Sr. Cpl. Jason Kimpel, an 8-year veteran. He will not face any charges.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
If convicted, Hess faces between 5 and 99 years in prison.