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.
JUST IN: Officer involved in fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson in her home has resigned, chief says, and still faces potential criminal charges.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 14, 2019
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— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) October 12, 2019