A Texas woman who was fatally shot by an officer in her bedroom early Saturday was reportedly playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew moments before her shooting death.
KTVT reported that Fort Worth police received a call requesting a wellness check at Atatiana Jefferson’s home shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday from a neighbor who reported Jefferson’s door was open. Responding officers were reportedly searching the perimeter of her home when they saw a person inside the residence, standing near a window.
Attorney Lee Merritt tweeted on Saturday afternoon that Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her nephew when she went to “investigate” noise she heard outside, The neighbor who called police said he didn’t recall officers using their police lights and sirens or hearing them identify themselves before shooting Jefferson, according to KTVT.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Fort Worth Police Department released bodycam footage which showed officers investigating the perimeter of the home, beginning at the front door where a screen door is closed. The video does not show the officers knock at the door or identify themselves as police officers.
One of the officers goes through a gate and into the backyard, and shortly he shouts, “Put your hands up. Show me your hands” before firing a single shot through the window, killing Jefferson. In addition to the footage, police also released images of a firearm located inside the home without any information about where the weapon was found, whether Jefferson was holding it, or if the officer saw it — a decision that sparked widespread outrage.
Though the series of events unfolded in less than four seconds, a police statement claimed the officer shot into the home after “perceiving a threat.”
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According to WFAA, Reverend Kyev Tatum said the Xavier University graduate was living in the home and caring for her 8-year-old nephew and a grandparent. Relatives told the news station that she worked in human resources.
Jefferson’s shooting death has drawn comparisons to the September 2018 murder of Botham Jean, 26, by then-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 31. In that instance, Guyger claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers and that she shot Jean because she believed he was an intruder. The ex-officer was convicted of murder and sentenced this month to 10 years in prison for Jean’s murder.
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