A Fort Worth, Tx., police officer shot and killed a woman inside her own home early Saturday while responding to a call, reports WFAA in Dallas. Officers answered an “open structure” call around 2:25 a.m. Body-camera footage shows the officer standing outside the front door before walking around the side of the house and opening a gate to the backyard. The officer was in the backyard when he turned toward the window and shouted, “Put your hands up. Show me your hands!” before firing once through the window, the bodycam footage shows. Officials said the officer shot through the window “perceiving a threat.” Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed in a bedroom, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office. Jefferson was black. Fort Worth police officials did not release the officer’s name but say he is white. The officer has been placed on administrative leave. He has been an officer since April 2018.
James Smith said he called the non-emergency police number to request a welfare check at his neighbor’s house. He said he saw the lights on and the front door open. Bodycam footage shows a screen door closed but the front door open at the house. The lights were on inside. The officer did not appear to knock and could not be heard announcing himself at the doorway. Smith didn’t understand the officer’s response. “I called my police department for a welfare check. No domestic violence, no arguing, nothing that they should have been concerned about as far as them coming with guns drawn to my neighbor’s house,” Smith said. “I don’t know what went on in that house, but I know she wasn’t a threat.”