#Roommates, sadly there has been another unfortunate act of violence involving an unarmed citizen being shot and killed inside a home by a police officer. This latest incident involves a young Dallas woman who was visiting her nephew in Fort Worth.
According to @DallasNews, a Fort Worth police officer shot and killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson early Saturday morning while she was inside a home visiting family. The officer responded to the call after a neighbor reported that the front door of the residence was open. From there, things took a very tragic turn.
Within minutes after the call was placed, police showed up at the scene and began searching the outside of the home. Body-cam footage of the officer who fired the fatal shots at Jefferson, shows him moving around the home, looking through a doorway and entering the backyard with a flashlight before firing. The officer yelled, “put your hands up! Show me your hands!” before shooting into the window, in less than 3 seconds.
Initial reports stated that Jefferson lived at the home and was a resident of Fort Worth, however upon further investigation by the medical examiner it was determined that she was from Dallas. She was inside the home with her nephew when the officer arrived on the scene and shots were fired.
James Smith, the neighbor who called the police, expressed his regret when he discovered that Jefferson had been killed, saying:
“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault. If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”
Fort Worth police issued a statement saying that the officer in question was only doing his job, as he perceived a threat and fired. Officers also claim they found a firearm inside a bedroom in the home, but there is no evidence to suggest that Jefferson was holding a weapon when she was killed.
Although emergency medical treatment was administered at the scene, Jefferson died from her injuries. The name of the officer involved has not been released as of Saturday night, but he is described as a white man who has been with the Fort Worth Police Department since April 2018. He is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Our prayers go out to Atatiana Jefferson family. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?