She was playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew when she heard what she thought was a prowler outside, according to family members, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
According to NBC5, she had grabbed a handgun from her purse after hearing a noise in her backyard and went towards a window. Body camera footage from police showed two officers checked the perimeter of the house before one sees a figure through a window, the Star-Telegram reported.
“Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” one officer shouts before firing a shot through the window. He doesn’t identify himself as police, according to the newspaper.
Aaron Dean, the Fort Worth police officer who shot her, was charged with murder after he resigned from the force following the shooting.
Atatiana Jefferson’s death came just weeks after Amber Guyger, a white Dallas police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Botham Jean, a black man, in his own home. Jean’s brother Brandt Jean made headlines by hugging Guyger in court after the sentence was read out.
But Marquis Jefferson had said he wouldn’t be as forgiving.
“Unlike Botham Jean, I don’t want no hug. That’s my one and only daughter,” he told CBS DFW. “I’ll never forget that.”
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