Ex-Dallas officer not guilty of assault in fatal shooting

Photo of Officer Courtesy - AP/ Genevive Dawes photo courtesy of Dawes Family

DALLAS (AP) A jury has found a former Dallas police officer not guilty of assault in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old woman in 2017.

A Dallas County jury returned the verdict Thursday in the trial of Christopher Hess.

He was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant in the killing of Genevive Dawes.

Hess shot a dozen times into a car containing Dawes and another person.

Prosecutors argued that his actions were unreasonable. His attorneys said the shooting was justified because the car was a threat.

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