Texas woman shot dead by police officer aiming for charging dog

A woman has been shot dead by a police officer who attempted to gun down a dog that was charging at him.

The officer had been called to check on the wellbeing of the woman, named as Margarita "Maggie" Victoria Brooks, who appeared to be lying unconscious in a grassy area behind a Walmart supermarket in Arlington, Texas.

The dog, believed to belong to Ms Brooks, ran towards the police officer as he called out her name.

He fired a number of shots while backing away and at least bullet hit Ms Brooks.

The 30-year-old was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

It is not known if Ms Brooks was suffering from a medical emergency or if she was under the influence of either drink or drugs, Arlington police said.

Local media reports say Ms Brooks was homeless and she, her boyfriend and her dog were often spotted near the shopping centre.


By: ThisIsButter (44151.30)

Tags: Woman shot by police

Location: Arlington, texas