A white police officer in Texas fatally shot a black woman inside her home after officers were called to do a benefits check.
Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, of Fort Worth was killed by an unidentified police officer with the Fort Worth Police Department on Saturday morning.
62-year-old James Smith, Jefferson’s neighbor, called the local non-emergency number after he noticed her front door was open and lights were on around 2.25 am.
He knew Jefferson was supposed to be home with her 8-year-old nephew.
‘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.’
Fifteen minutes after police arrived to the scene, Smith heard a gunshot and watched several officers rush Jefferson’s home.
Officers responded to Smith’s call and arrived to the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue.
In police bodycam footage that has been released, the officer is seen walking around the perimeter of the home and looking through windows inside the residence.
At one point the officer pulls out a flashlight when he approaches a dark area of the house and appears to gain entrance into her backyard.
Seconds later the officer looks inside a dark window, draws his gun and yells, ‘put your hands up! Show me your hands!’
He then shots at the victim almost immediately.
Authorities say the officer perceived a threat and after firing his weapon went inside the home to administer emergency care.
The statement says officers found a firearm, but it was not revealed if Jefferson was anywhere near the weapon at the time of the incident.
Jefferson surrendered to her injuries and died at the scene.
The officer, who began his work with the department on April 2018, has been placed on administrative leave following the incident.
The department ended their statement by expressing their sadness over the violent incident.
The investigation is ongoing.