Cop kills black woman inside her Texas home

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2019

Her family told KXAS television that Jefferson was watching her 8-year-old nephew when she was killed early Saturday while police checked on the home after a neighbor called a police non-emergency line to report that the front door was open.

"I'm shaken. I'm mad. I'm upset. And I feel it's partly my fault", he said.

The neighbor who called the non-emergency police number in Fort Worth said he only reached out to police because he found it curious that her lights were on and her door was open at such a late hour. The one shot killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson.

The officer, who was in the backyard, felt threatened and pulled out his gun, the Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement. "No domestic violence, no arguing, nothing that they should have been concerned about as far as them coming with guns drawn to my neighbor's house".

While searching the outside of the house, police said, an officer saw someone standing near a window. "Show me your hands!" before shooting into the window, all in less than 3 seconds.

He then shoots at the victim nearly immediately. The officer perceived that person as a threat, fired one shot, and reportedly killed the homeowner.

Merritt wrote on Twitter that Jefferson had been playing video games with her nephew when they had heard a noise outside the home.

The officer involved in the shooting, who has been on the force since 2018, was placed on administrative leave during the ongoing investigation, the paper said. The police said that the Forth Worth Police Major Case unit, Internal Affairs, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Law Enforcement Incident Team collected evidence for their part of the investigation.

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Fort Worth PD released body camera footage from the incident taken from the angle of the officer who fired the shot.

Smith is heartbroken over Jefferson's death.

"It makes you not want to call the police department", Smith told the Star-Telegram.

Jefferson is one of at least 689 people who have been shot and killed by American police officers in 2019, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such shootings. Do you just ignore crime or ignore something that's not right?'

"It makes you not want to call the police department", he said.

Community members are outraged over Jefferson's sudden death and are calling for action.

Pastor Michael Bell, speaking inside his own Greater Saint Stephen Baptist Church, read the police statement after it came out around noon Saturday and offered an immediate response.

"Being the preliminary stages of this critical investigation we have provided all the information we have available to release at this time", Lt. Brandon O'Neil said in an email. "He didn't have time to perceive a threat". Just our presence. are we the threat?'

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