A Texas police officer shot and killed a woman in Arlington Thursday night when he fired a shot at an unleashed dog charging toward him.

The patrol officer was dispatched around 5:20 p.m. to do a welfare check for a woman reportedly passed out in a grassy area, the Arlington Police Department said in a statement.

As an officer approached, he noticed an unleashed dog. When he began to call out to the women, the dog reportedly started barking and charged toward the officer.


“The officer retreated backwards from the running dog while drawing his duty firearm. The officer discharged his firearm multiple times towards the dog,” police said in a statement. “After the shots were fired, the woman yelled out and it was apparent she was injured. 

The woman was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

CBS 11 News reported that the victim was identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as 30-year-old Margarita Victoria Brooks.

The whole incident was captured on the officer’s body camera, which will be included in the ongoing investigation, according to police.