A White Police Officer in Fort Worth, Texas, shot a black woman to death at her own house after suspecting a potential threat inside her property.
The officers from the Fort Worth Police Department showed up at the property after a neighbor called them and reported that the front door of the victim’s house was open. The neighbor, James Smith, felt something unusual at the neighbor’s house and phoned the police.
The 28-year-old, Atatiana Jefferson was killed at the scene. Upon acting the call by Mr. Smith at around 2:25 a.m., two police officers went to Jefferson’s resident. They parked their car around the corner and started to march towards the house.
Here’s Smith describing why he decided to call a non-emergency police number around 2 a.m. Saturday: pic.twitter.com/JU4prCelMH
— Jack Howland (@JHowl04) October 12, 2019
The bodycam footage, that was released by the Fort Worth Police Department showed the two police officers approaching near the front door of Jefferson’s house. After seeing the house door was open, they held their flashlights and guns and started to search around the yard. Some moment a later a police officer began to yell towards the person at the window of the house and screamed, Put your hands up! Show me your hands!
The police officer then quickly fired the shot towards the person at the window.
Later, it was revealed that the person at the window was none other than Mrs. Jefferson. The single-shot killed her on the spot. Actually, Mrs. Jefferson was playing a video game with her 8-year-old nephew. When she perceived that something was strange out of her house, she went near the window to look. But she was unfortunately killed.
Mr. James Smith, who called the police felt he was very sorry and if he hadn’t dialed the phone to police, Mrs. Jefferson would be alive. Fort Worth Police Department hasn’t revealed the name of the police officer involved in the incident.
Officer Involved Shooting – Oct. 12, 2019 pic.twitter.com/tCvn4nySjg
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) October 12, 2019