A white police officer in Texas fatally shot a black woman in her house after officers were called to perform a welfare check, according to authorities.
Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, from Fort Worth was murdered Saturday morning by an unknown police officer at the Fort Worth police.
62-year-old James Smith, Jefferson's neighbor, called the local emergency number after he noticed that her front door was open and the lights were on at around 2.25 p.m.
He knew that Jefferson had to be home with her 8-year-old nephew.
Scroll down for video
Atatiana Koquice Jefferson (photo), 28, was shot dead on Saturday morning by an unknown white police officer in her home
& # 39; I'm shocked. I am mad. I'm upset. And I feel it is partly my fault, & Smith told the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
& # 39; If I had never called the police, she would still be alive. & # 39;
Fifteen minutes after the authorities arrived at their destination, Smith threw her a gun shot and saw several officers rushing to Jefferson's house.
According to an pronunciation of authorities, officers responded to Smith & # 39; s call and arrived at the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue.
In released camera footage of the police body cam, the officer walks around the perimeter of the house and looks through windows in the home.
Bodycam recordings of the Fort Worth police show the moments prior to Jefferson's death, especially the police officer who paints the boundaries of her house
At some point the officer takes out a flashlight when he approaches a dark part of the house and seems to gain access to her backyard.
Seconds later, the officer looks through a dark window, pulls his gun and shouts: & raise your hands! Let me see your hands! & # 39;
He then shoots the victim almost immediately.
While searching the outside of the house, the officer seems to gain access to Jefferson's backyard and uses a flashlight to look around the area
The officer sees a figure in the house and tells the Jefferson to raise & # 39; your hands & # 39; before he shoots her fatally
Authorities say the officer has observed a threat and after firing his weapon has entered the house to provide emergency assistance.
The statement says officers found a firearm, but it was not revealed if Jefferson was anywhere near the weapon at the time of the incident.
Jefferson succumbed to her injuries and died on the spot.
Authorities found a firearm in Jefferson & # 39; s house, but it was not revealed if the weapon was near her at the time of the shooting
Jefferson (photo) received medical treatment from on-site officers, but succumbed to her injuries on the spot
The officer, who started his duties at the department in April 2018, was placed on administrative leave after the incident.
The Fort Worth Police Major Crime, Internal Affairs Unit and the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney & # 39; s Law Enforcement Incident Team are investigating the shooting.
The department ended their statement by expressing their grief over the violent incident.
& # 39; The Fort Worth police share the deep concern of the public and strive for a very thorough investigation of this critical police incident to resolve it. & # 39;
Jefferson was shot in her home (photo) on the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas
Smith is deeply saddened by the death of Jefferson.
& # 39; You don't want you to call the police, & # 39; he said to Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
& # 39; If you don't feel safe with the police, who do you feel safe with? Are you simply ignoring the crime or ignoring something that is not right? & # 39;
& # 39; They tell you: & # 39; If you see something, say something. … Well, if you do that and it costs someone to lose life, you don't want to do that. And that's sad. & # 39;
Community members are furious about Jefferson's sudden death and call for action.
Pastor Michael Bell of the Greater St. Stephen First Church exposed the criticism of the police statements WFAA reporter Cleo Greene.
Pictured: the statement of the press release describing the incident between Jefferson and the officer
Bell said in the Twitter video: & # 39; We are bound by lying by the police. There is no perceived threat unless they are black people. Only our presence … are we the threat? & # 39;
& # 39; Let's say what it is, & # 39; said a community member in a separate video, & # 39; she was butchered in her own home. & # 39;
& # 39; Do not let this rest … where we will be in our arms for about two or three weeks and will resume work as usual.
& # 39; We are still being killed by the police. Something must be done and done immediately. & # 39;
The investigation is still ongoing.
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) texas