Black woman dies in Fort Worth after police officer shoots her in her home, officials say

New York Daily News 1 day ago

A police officer shot and killed a black woman in her Fort Worth, Texas, home early Saturday, authorities said.

Cops were responding about 2:25 a.m. to a call reporting the front door of the house was left open when the officer fired a shot into a window of the home, killing 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson, according to Fort Worth police.

The police released body-camera footage from the incident, in which the officer said, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” while approaching the window before suddenly shooting. The video, which runs just over two minutes, immediately goes dark after the single shot.

Police said they found a gun once they entered the bedroom to reach Jefferson.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The officer, who is white and joined the force in April 2018, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, cops said.

“The Fort Worth Police Department shares the deep concerns of the public and is committed to completing an extremely thorough investigation,” the force said in a news release.

James Smith, who called the police to ask them to check in on the house, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he felt partly responsible for the shooting.

“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault,” Smith said. “If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”

Fort Worth police have shot seven civilians since since the beginning of June, according to the Star-Telegram, killing six.

The shooting comes on the heels of the headline-grabbing police shooting case in nearby Dallas, where white former officer Amber Guyger was found guilty earlier this month of murdering an unarmed black neighbor while off-duty. Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a punishment some deemed too light. A key witness was shot to death two days after the verdict, which police attributed to a drug deal gone bad.

“My reaction is, it makes you not want to call the police department,” Smith said of the Jefferson shooting. “Because, not just Dallas, or other incidents, if you don’t . . . feel safe with the police department, then who do you feel safe with?”


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