39-year-old Dallas Police Officer, Christopher Hess has been charged aggravated assault for firing into a moving car at least 13 times causing the death of 21-year-old Genevive Dawes. He’s been placed on administrative leave since the January 18th incident in downtown Dallas.
Dawes was found sleeping in her car a Dodge SUV, which had been reported stolen unbeknownst to her. She had bought the car a month ago. The incident is described as so:
The vehicle had been reported stolen, though Dawes did not know this and thought she had purchased it legitimately, the court filing states. It adds that when the officers approached the SUV with flashlights, Dawes was startled and tried to reverse the car. A police vehicle drove into her path, causing a minor collision.
The lawsuit states: “Dawes still unaware of what was going on or who was blocking her path, pulled her vehicle forward so she could have a clear path to back up. As Dawes backed up her vehicle at a very slow rate of speed, defendants Hess and Kimpel fired at least 13 shots through the passenger side window, striking Dawes four times in the neck, her right tricep, left arm, upper left chest and right forearm.
“Dawes’s right earlobe was also partially amputated. Dawes was transported to Baylor Hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries.”
Police stated Dawes and her partner in the car at the time Virgilio Rosales ignored “loud verbal commands” then “started the stolen vehicle and reversed a short distance striking a marked police vehicle.”
Source: The Root