Fort Worth’s police chief reiterated Tuesday that a white officer’s fatal shooting of a black woman in her home was inexcusable, as an arrest warrant was released quoting the victim’s 8-year-old nephew saying she pointed a gun at a window when they heard suspicious noises outside.

Without directly addressing the child’s account of the killing early Saturday, interim Police Chief Ed Kraus told reporters at a news conference that the victim, Atatiana Jefferson, behaved as any Texas homeowner would do if he or she heard a prowler.

Kraus struggled to contain his emotions as he pleaded with the Texas city to not allow the killing to reflect badly on the entire department.

Aaron Dean, 34, was arrested on a murder charge Monday night and released less than four hours later after posting bond, jail records show. He had resigned from the force earlier in the day, and the police chief said he would have been fired if he hadn’t.

“I don’t have any officers saying this action should not have been taken against this individual, this officer. I’m getting the complete opposite response,” Kraus said Tuesday morning.

“The officers are hurting,” Kraus said Tuesday, apparently close to tears himself.

“They try hard every day to try to make this city better … I likened it to a bunch of ants building an anthill and then somebody comes with a hose and washes it away. And they just have to start from scratch,” Kraus said, before abruptly ending the press conference.

Police bodycam video shows Dean approaching the door of the home where the 28-year-old Jefferson was caring for her 8-year-old nephew early Saturday. He walked around the side of the house, pushed through a gate into the fenced-off backyard and fired through the glass a split-second after shouting at Jefferson to show her hands.

Interim police chief Ed Kraus speaks accompanied by Mayor Betsy Price at a news conference at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, about Saturday's shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, a black woman, by a white police officer. (AP Photo / David Kent)

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