A Forth Worth police officer, who was conducting a welfare check, shot and killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson inside of her own home.
Police arrived at the home in the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue early Saturday morning after receiving a call from a neighbor who was concerned because the front door of the home was open and the lights were on.
Via NBC News:
The officer’s body camera video, released by Fort Worth Police, captured the moments leading up to the shooting.
In the video, the officer can be seen walking around the exterior of the home, shining a flashlight on the walls and windows of the property.
He then stops, points his flashlight at a window and draws his gun after seeing a person watching him from inside, police said.
The officer yells, ‘Put your hands up! Show me your hands,’ the video shows.
He appears to fire once at the window before the video cuts to black.
Officers entered the home after
Atatiana Jefferson was inside the home watching her 8-year-old nephew.
James Smith, the neighbor who placed the call for the welfare check, said:
There was no reason for her to be dead because there was nothing violent going on. There was no distress at this particular property. They had no reason to come here with guns drawn.
All they had to do was announce who they were, and if she heard them, she would probably come to the door to see who they were.
The officer, who shot and killed Atatiana has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Read the official statement from Fort Worth Police below:
Attorney Lee Merritt released the following statement via Facebook:
Before law enforcement goes about their pattern of villainizing this beautiful peaceful woman, turning her into a suspect, a silhouette, or threat, let me tell you about 28 y/o #AtatianaJefferson “Tay”.
She was a premed graduate of Xavier University. She was very close to her family. She was the auntie that stayed up on Friday night playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.
She worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales. Her mom had recently gotten very sick, so she was home taking care of the house and loving her life.
There was no reason for her to be murdered. None. We must have justice.
See his original post below.
Atatiana Jefferson’s sister, Amber Carr, says their family is devastated.
You want to see justice but justice don’t bring my sister back.
Watch the news report below.
The tragic news of Atatiana Jefferson’s death comes less than two weeks after ex-cop Amber Guyger received a measly 10-year sentence for fatally shooting Botham Jean in his apartment.
Atatiana deserves justice!