Women fatally shot in Texas while playing video games with her nephew

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A police officer shot a 28 year old women in her home in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 12, 2019.

According to CNN US, police responded to Jefferson’s house after a concerned neighbor noticed that her doors were open in the middle of the night, and had been open since 10 p.m. Body camera footage shows the perspective of the officer outside the home, peering into windows, and spotting someone inside standing near a window. It was said that he saw a gun, but it is unclear whether Atatiana was standing near the gun or holding the gun at the time of the shooting.

Jefferson’s neighbor, James Smith, told a U.S. News reporter, “If you don’t feel safe with the police department, then who do you feel safe with?” He said that he called a police non-emergency number, intending to make sure his neighbor was alright and was stunned at what had happened.

Two seconds after yelling, “Put your hands up – show me your hands,” the officer shot one bullet into the room and inevitably killing Atatiana Koquice Jefferson.

Police have not yet named the officer, who has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Also according to CNN US, Lt. Brandon O’Neil told reporters that, “The officer did not announce that he was a police officer prior to shooting. What the officer observed, and why he did not announce ‘police,’ will be addressed as the investigation continues.” O’Neil also confirmed that the nephew was inside the room at the time of the shooting.

Texans are outraged over the death of another black person killed at home by a white police officer. The shooting that killed Atatiana had occurred about 30 miles west of the Dallas apartment where a police officer was found guilty of murder for fatally shooting Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, in his home.

People like the lawyer representing Jefferson’s family, said he’s concerned about the police “turning [Jefferson] into a suspect or a threat.” He believes that an independent law enforcement agency should take over the investigation, and that the Fort Worth Police shouldn’t be investigating it on their own.