Family seeks answers after police kill Texas woman at home

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In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, image made from a body camera video released by the Fort Worth Police Department an officer shines a flashlight into a window in Fort Worth, Texas. A black woman was fatally shot by a white Fort Worth, Texas, officer inside the home early Saturday after police were called to the residence for a welfare check, authorities said. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified her as 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson. (Fort Worth Police Department via AP)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – An attorney for the family of a 28-year-old black woman who was killed by police inside her Texas home says the white officer who shot her didn’t have time to perceive a threat.

Lee Merritt made the comments after police released a statement saying officers responding to a request for a welfare check early Saturday saw someone near a window inside the home and fired a single shot after “perceiving a threat.” Atatiana Jefferson was killed.

Body camera video shows two officers searching the home from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” One shot is then fired through a window.

Jefferson’s family says Jefferson was watching her nephew at the time and they don’t understand why police would have shot her.

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