Watch CBS News

Dallas Officer Turns Himself In After Being Charged In Death

DALLAS (AP/CBSDFW) - Dallas Police Department officer Christopher Hess was indicted by a grand jury for aggravated assault  for shooting and killing a pregnant woman who was in a stolen car in January.

Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher Hess surrendered to authorities Monday at the Dallas County Jail.

He bonded out of jail around 2:00 p.m.

Christopher Hess (Image via Dallas County Jail)

He's accused in the January death of 21-year-old Genevive Dawes, who authorities say was driving a stolen car and ignored police commands when she drove into a police cruiser and took other actions that prompted Hess to shoot.

Supporters of the Dawes family say she and a passenger were sleeping in the car and weren't aggressive.

Hess has been placed on administrative leave.

READ MORE: Dallas Officer Indicted For Killing Woman In Stolen Car

Hess is a 10-year veteran of the police force. He now faces a first-degree felony charge, on the same level as murder. The other officer involved in this shooting was Sr. Cpl. Jason Kimpel, an eight-year veteran. He will not face any charges.

He is the first Dallas officer in 43 years to be indicted for an officer-involved shooting that resulted in death.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Local Media. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report)

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.