Ravinder Singh is a former Arlington police officer who was indicted in this week over the shooting death of a woman who was struck by his gunfire while he attempted to shoot an approaching dog.
The victim, identified as 30-year-old Margarita 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.
Ravinder Singh Indicted By Grand Jury
Officer Ravinder was indicted by the Tarrant County grand jury on Wednesday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for the shooting death of Margarita Brooks in August of 2019.
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 the 30-year-old victim, 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.
Ravinder Singh’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 the woman, who is seen on video laying on the ground with blood on her dress.
Ravinder Singh Under Investigation
If found guilty, Ravinder could face 180 days to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
In November of 2019, Singh resigned from the Arlington Police Department, a press release confirmed.