US Fort Worth officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson has resigned amid investigation
Father of Texas woman shot dead by cop in her home: "It's senseless"
Fort Worth police released body camera video of the incident where the officer shot Atatiana Jefferson through a window early Saturday . The officer is expected to be questioned Monday. "I mean it's senseless. My daughter… had her whole life in front of her," father Marquis Jefferson said. The shooting is reminiscent of the death of Botham Jean, an unarmed black man who was killed in his Dallas home by a white police officer. In this case, Jefferson's family wants to know how and why the 28-year-old pre-med graduate wound up dead, reports CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — Fort Worth police announced at a news conference Monday that the officer who shot and killed a woman in her home has resigned.
Chief Ed Kraus identified the officer as Aaron Dean. He said he was going to fire the officer if he had not resigned.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson by a Fort Worth police officer is not justified.
The Latest: Fort Worth officer resigns after fatal shooting
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a black woman inside a home in Fort Worth (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The Fort Worth police chief says a white officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black woman in her home has resigned. Interim Chief Ed Kraus said Monday that if the officer, Aaron Dean, had not resigned, he would have been fired. Dean shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through her window in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officers were called to her home when a concerned neighbor worried for her safety noticed her door was open.Police have said the officer perceived a threat when he saw someone near the window and opened fire.
“Atiatiana was an amazing, smart woman who was unjustly taken from her family,” she said. “I cannot imagine anything worse and I am so sorry … there is nothing that can justify what happened.”
Price further commented on the image released of a gun found in the home where Jefferson was. She said the gun was irrelevant and that Jefferson had a right to have a gun in her home.
Atatiana Jefferson was shot at a home in the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday after her neighbor called police to request a welfare check at the home.
At 2:25 a.m., two officers were sent to the house, police said at the press conference. At 2:29 a.m., they parked nearby, but not in front of the house. They investigated on foot and went into the backyard.
“The officer observed a person through a rear window in the house and fired a shot at that person,” police said in a written statement. “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.”
Atatiana Jefferson 'yelled out in pain' after she was shot, officer's arrest warrant says
This is a breaking news story and will be continuously updated. Atatiana Jefferson "yelled out in pain" after she was shot through the window by a Fort Worth police officer who was standing in her backyard, an arrest warrant affidavit shows. © Provided by TEGNA Inc.Jefferson, 28, died in her home early Saturday morning after a police officer shot her from outside her house. That officer, Aaron Dean, resigned from the Police Department on Monday morning before he could be fired, police officials said. He was arrested by a team of Fort Worth police officers around 6 p.m.
In a statement Saturday, Fort Worth police said the officer, “perceiving a threat,” drew his gun and “fired one shot striking the person inside the residence.”
Murder warrant for Fort Worth officer says woman he killed was holding gun in her home
The murder arrest warrant for a white officer who shot and killed a black woman on Saturday says that the victim was holding a gun after she heard noises outside her window. A witness, the woman’s 8-year-old nephew, told a police investigator that after Atatiana Jefferson heard noises outside her window and thought there might be a prowler outside, she reached into her purse, grabbed a handgun and pointed it toward the window, the warrant said.
Body camera footage of the shooting shows two officers using flashlights to check the perimeter of the house, inspecting two doors that are open with closed screen doors. At the back of house, one officer appears to see a figure through a dark window, and he quickly twists his body to the left.
“Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” he shouts through the window, his gun drawn. He then fires a single shot through the window, killing Jefferson.
Jefferson was a pre-med graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans and working on pharmaceutical equipment sales, said S. Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney retained by Jefferson’s family. She was considering going back to medical school.
Leaders and community activists called for accountability and police reform after Saturday’s shooting. The Fort Worth Police Officers Association urged Fort Worth police to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation in a statement Sunday.
Merritt said Jefferson’s death is another example of excessive use of police force in Fort Worth. Since June, Fort Worth officers have shot seven people, six of them fatally.
This shooting took place days after a Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting a black man that she mistook as an intruder inside of his apartment she inadvertently entered.
In Guyger’s case, the Texas Rangers were called upon to investigate the shooting.
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D.A. seeks murder charge against former Fort Worth officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson .
"We will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law," the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office said.Prosecutors in Tarrant County, Texas, said Friday they intend to ask a grand jury for a murder charge against the former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home.
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