James Smith said he saw the lights on and front doors open at his neighbor’s home overnight. He said he called a non emergency number for a wellness check. Smith said minutes later he heard a gunshot. @wfaa pic.twitter.com/7XYsVBCFz2
— Cleo Greene (@cgreeneWFAA) October 12, 2019
UPDATED: The victim in an early morning Fort Worth police shooting has been identified as 28-year old Atatiana Jefferson, a 2014 graduate of Xavier University.
According, WFAA-TV, the woman was playing video games with her young nephew around 2:20 early Saturday morning, just moments before she was shot.
Police had gone to the home after a non-emergency call from a neighbor who request a welfare check at the home because he was concerned that the woman’s front door was open. The neighbor, James Smith, is now blaming himself for Ms. Jefferson’s death. (See video below).
Fort Worth Police released bodycam video of the moments just before the unnamed officer fired one shot after seeing someone peering from a window inside the home.
Original post 10/12/19:
A Fort Worth Police officer is on administrative leave after police say he shot a woman in her home overnight Saturday around 2:20am as officers were investigating a call about the front door of a residence at 1200 block of East Allen Avenue being open.
Bodycam footage shows the officer walking around the outside of the home and shining a flashlight on the walls and windows of the property. The officer then stops, points his flashlight at a window and draws his gun after seeing a person watching him from inside.
Police say the officer shouted, “Put your hands up, show me your hands,” then fired.
The FWPD said in a press release that they will release the bodycam footage; and that a gun was found inside a bedroom of the home.
This man told WFAA-TV that he made the non-emergency Fort Worth Police line requesting a wellness check.
The police shooting comes on the heels of the high-profile murder trial of former Dallas Police officer Amber Guyger who fatally shot an unarmed 26-year old Botham Jean in his apartment that she says she mistook for own.
Guyger was found guilty of murder and was sent to a prison near Temple, Texas last week.