Verdict rendered in deadly police shooting

A Dallas County jury returned a not guilty verdict after two days of deliberations in the fatal shooting of Genevive Dawes by Christopher Hess.
1:19 | 02/14/20

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Next tonight here, the verdict in the case of a deadly police shooting in Dallas. A former officer was accused of killing a young woman, firing more than a dozen times into a stolen car when she tried to get away. Tonight, he's been found not guilty and here's ABC's Clayton Sandell. Back up, back up. Reporter: This is the moment Genevieve dawes lost her life. Don't move! Reporter: And tonight, the now former Dallas police officer, who fired these 13 shots, acquitted by a jury. We the jury find the defendant not guilty. Reporter: In 2017, officer Christopher Hess and fellow cops found the 21-year-old and her boyfriend asleep in a stolen car. She refused their commands. Show me your hands! Reporter: Driving away, when Hess pulled the trigger. Reporter: Prosecutors said shooting into a moving car was unreasonable and charged Hess with aggravated assault. Alpha 114, they rammed the squad car twice. Reporter: Defense attorneys say Hess feared the officers were in danger. We know he made an impossible decision, but he ultimately made the right decision to defend his fellow officers. Reporter: And after the department found that he vie it willed several policies, Hess was fired. He also still faces a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the family. All right, Clayton, thank

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