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Police Officer Shoots/Kills Woman In Her Own Home Without Identifying Himself

(screen capture via ABC News)

A 28-year-old black woman was shot and killed in the presence of her 8-year-old nephew by a white police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday during what should have been a routine ‘welfare check.’

A neighbor had called the non-emergency police hotline after noticing Atatiana Jefferson’s front door was open around 2 am in the morning. He did not indicate he suspected any foul play or dangerous activites. He merely asked the police to check on his neighbor.

Body-cam video shows the officer saw someone through a window in the home, then yelled, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” He then fired a single shot at the woman less than a second later.

The officer never identified himself as a police officer.

From ABC News:

Relatives of the woman who was fatally shot identified her as Atatiana Jefferson, and said she worked as a human resources officer for a Fort Worth company and that she lived in the home with an 8-year-old nephew, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA reported.

During a news conference on Sunday afternoon, Fort Worth Police Lt. Brandon O’Neil said the officer who opened fire on Jefferson never identified himself as a police officer.

“What the officer observed and why he did not announce ‘police’ will be addressed as the investigation continues,” O’Neil said.


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