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Atatiana Jefferson and her 8-year-old cousin, were the only two people home early on Saturday when a Fort Worth, Texas police officer fired a shot through a back window, and the deaths of Jefferson.
AMBER GUYGER WAS SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN SHOOTING THAT KILLED BOTHAM JEAN, IN THE FUTURE
The officer, a 34-year-old Aaron Dean, on Monday resigned from his position and later was charged with the murder. He was released Tuesday on a $200,000 bond.
Bodycam video showing that the Dean, who will respond to a request for a wellness check, don’t identify yourself as police, and shot his weapon a fraction of a second after the scream, to Make her hands.
Atatiana Jefferson, is seen in this undated photo. (The Jefferson family via AP)
The police department released the arrest warrant on Tuesday under the statement of the victim’s 8-year-old cousin, said Jefferson, had pulled out a gun, when he heard the suspicious noise behind her house. Fort Worth, Interim-chief of police, Ed Kraus stated there was “absolutely no excuse” for the killing, and said Jefferson was acting as a Texas property owner would have to have a prowler.
Jefferson was the acquisition of her family’s matriarch role, protecting everyone from her cousin to see her sick mother.
“She had recently been very sick, so she was at home taking care of the house, and a loving part of her life. There was no reason for her to be killed,” said a GoFundMe page to take advantage of it.
Jefferson’s sister, Ashley, Carr, described her in The New york times as “a smart, ambitious, kind person, with a spirit of adventure.”
Jefferson, who grew up in the Dallas area and is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana in 2014, with a bachelor of science degree in biology, and her family said she worked from home selling medical devices and equipment. Merritt said Jefferson was considering going to medical school and had been studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Jefferson’s family was “very relieved” that the Dean was in prison, attorney at law, Lee, Merritt said, adding that the family “should be regarded by way of a vigorous prosecution and appropriate sentencing.”
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Out of the nine officer-involved shootings so far this year in the Fort Worth area, five are targeted for African-Americans, and six resulted in fatalities, according to department data.
Nearly two-thirds of the department’s 1,100 officers were white, and just a little more than 20 percent of Latinos and about 10 percent are black. The city is approximately 40 percent white, 35 percent Hispanic and 19 percent black.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.