Atatiana Jefferson Biography
Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, of Fort Worth was killed by an unidentified police officer with the Fort Worth Police Department on Saturday morning, early Saturday after a neighbor reported the front door was open has been identified as Atatiana Koquice Jefferson. The 28-year-old was shot through her bedroom window, according to bodycam footage and the medical examiner’s report.
Officer Involved Shooting – Oct. 12, 2019 pic.twitter.com/tCvn4nySjg
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) October 12, 2019
Atatiana Jefferson Education
Jefferson worked at the Xavier University of Louisiana, where she also studied biology and majored in chemistry with a minor in pre-med.
Atatiana Jefferson Occupation
Jefferson worked in human resources at the time of death. She was living in the home to care for her 8-year-old nephew and her grandparent.
Atatiana Jefferson Shooting Incident
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
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 from open window.
Officials said the officer “perceived a threat.” Fort Worth police said there was a firearm in the residence, but they didn’t say if the officer saw the firearm or not.
Atatiana Jefferson Shooting Video
Police released the bodycam footage of the shooting.
Jefferson’s shooting happened just weeks after a Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, the then-officer was accused of murdering her neighbor, Botham Jean in Dallas in September 2018, which sparked national headlines. She said she had mistakenly entered the wrong apartment after a long shift on patrol when she believed someone was in her home and opened fire.
Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years behind bars.
Police Statement On the Incident
Fort Worth Police said, in part: “The individual, a black female, who resides at the residence succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The officer, a white male who has been with the department since April of 2018, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome [of] the critical police incident investigation.”
Atatiana Jefferson Death
After the shooting, officers provided emergency medical care, but Jefferson died on the scene. She died at around 2:30 a.m on October 12, 2019.
Pastors and activists in the community are seeking answers, wanting to know why she was shot and killed.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- An unidentified white police officer in Fort Worth fatally shot a Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, inside her own home on Saturday morning
- Officers arrived at Jefferson’s home after a neighbor reported seeing lights on and her front door open around 2.25am
- Bodycam footage captured the moment the police officer investigated the perimeter before he saw a person standing near a window and fired his gun
- Jefferson was fatally injured and died at the scene
- The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated
- Community members are outraged over the shooting incident and are calling for police reform
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