Atatiana Jefferson's Parents Speak out after She Was Killed by a Cop in Her Own Home
28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson was in her apartment when she was gunned down by police, according to The Hollywood Unlocked.
The incident occurred after one of the deceased's neighbors reached out to police to do a welfare check around 2:30 am on Saturday. The neighbor requested the check because Atatiana's door was left open.
The report notes that the responding officer noticed a figure near a window inside the home and drew his duty weapon and fired after 'perceiving a threat.'
Hearing from sister Amber Carr. Says Atatiana had been helping her recover from a recent heart surgery. Was so helpful. Carr’s son witnessed the shooting. Says first thing he told her is he’s sad. Atatiana was planning to take her son to the fair this weekend. pic.twitter.com/8RtFqHY0ba— Erin Jones (@erinjonesnews) October 14, 2019
"Her mother called me yesterday morning. She says, 'Tay was shot.' I mean, it's senseless. My daughter was 28. My daughter was 28-years-old."
#UPDATE: Bond for Aaron Dean was set at $200,000, but according to jail records around 9:30 p.m. Monday, he was no longer listed as being in the jail. It appears he has bonded out. READ LATEST: https://t.co/zgqFAGhcck pic.twitter.com/zTqHh6HQ3b— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) October 15, 2019
Also speaking on her death, Atatiana's step-mother, Noella Jefferson, made it known that the 28-year-old had 'hopes, dreams and aspirations' like anyone else.
Additionally, her family held a press conference, which Shade Room reports that they addressed 'the mishandling of the initial call by police.'
This incident won't be the first time an officer will gun down an individual in their own home. CBS News recalled the death of Botham Jean back in September 2018.
The report narrates that Botham, a black male, was unarmed when a white police officer killed him in his Dallas home. Dallas News emphasizes that Atatiana's death shows that overall police training in the U.S. has not undergone any real change.
The article points out Texas officers killed 79 (11%) of those people as of Thursday.
While only seven were women, overall, nine were black, 18 were Hispanic, 21 were white, and the race is unknown for 31.
CBS DFW notes that Atatiana was working in pharmaceutical equipment sales while saving up for medical school, up until her death.
WATCH: Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus gave an update to the Atatiana Jefferson fatal shooting. The officer who shot her has resigned and he faces criminal charges. https://t.co/27kvWGjrlt— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) October 14, 2019