Margarita Brooks is a 30-year-old Arlington woman who was allegedly struck and killed by a police officer, Ravinder Singh, while he attempted to shoot an approaching dog. He was indicted for murder this week.
30-year-old Brooks was shot by Ravinder during a welfare check after firing his weapon at a dog coming toward him, according to a press release from the Criminal District Attorney’s Office for Tarrant County.
Margarita Brooks Shot Accidently By Officer
On August 1, 2019, When Ravinder responded to a call for an unconscious woman and an off-leash dog approached him according to previously issued press releases from Arlington Police.
Ravinder approached Brooks who appeared to be passed out in a grassy area near Cantor Drive and N. Collins Street and asked if she is okay.
After asking if an unrestrained dog belonged to her, the animal starts running toward Singh and he yells “Get back!” before firing three shots.
Ravinder fired at the dog and accidentally struck the Brooks, the officer’s body-worn camera shows.
Brooks is heard screaming “What the f***?! Oh my God — the police shot me!”
She was rushed to Medical City Arlington Hospital but announced dead due to the injuries she sustained.
Officer’s Body-Worn Video Revealed
About six minutes into the video Ravinder calls out “ma’am” and “hello” to Brooks, who is on the ground in the distance. He then asks her if she’s OK.
“Is that your dog? Can you get, get back!” he yells.
A dog starts to run at him, and he fires off three shots, sending the dog running away.
Brooks is heard on the video yelling, “What the f***? Oh my god! He shot me”.
As Brooks lays on the ground, Singh says “ma’am, get a hold of your dog,” but she does not respond, and the dog is not visible in the video.
Singh then runs towards Brooks, who is seen on video laying on the ground with blood on her dress.
What Brooks’ Family Says
Brooks was the daughter of an Arlington firefighter in his 60’s, Merritt said.
Now, Brooks’ father is raising his two grandchildren. “He still has to continue to go to work and it’s been really hard on him”, Attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the family of Margarita Brooks, told CNN.