Fort Worth Police Say Officer Did Not Identify Himself Before Shooting

Alan Scaia
October 13, 2019 - 7:38 pm

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Fort Worth police say the officer who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson at her home Saturday morning did not identify himself as a police officer before firing.

Police say a neighbor of Jefferson called a non-emergency number at 2:23 Saturday morning to report lights were on at her home and the front door was open, but he had not seen anyone in the house, "which he believed was not normal," according to police.

Lt. Brandon O'Neil says officers arrived six minutes later. They did not park directly in front of the house. Officers walked to the back of the house, and O'Neil says one of those officers saw someone in the window and fired, killing Jefferson.

Jefferson's eight-year-old nephew was in the same room. He was not hurt. O'Neil says Jefferson was caring for the boy because his mother was sick.

"The members of the Fort Worth Police Department share your very real and valid concerns," O'Neil said. "The tragic loss of life has major ramifications for all involved, especially the family of Miss Atatiana Jefferson. We have communicated with the family and shared our serious and heartfelt concerns for this unspeakable loss."

O'Neil says the officer did not identify himself as a police officer before firing.​ He says that officer will be interviewed by the Major Case Unit Monday, and Chief Ed Kraus will hold a press conference later in the day.