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Fort Worth police face backlash after shooting woman in home

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Fort Worth police face backlash after shooting woman in home
Fort Worth police face backlash after shooting woman in home

Pained and angry religious leaders warned Fort Worth, Texas, police they would scrutinize the investigation of an officer who shot and killed a 28-year-old black woman inside a home where, a family lawyer said, she had been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

Community activists and the family of Atatiana Jefferson are outraged after the 28-year-old was shot and killed inside her home by a police officer, who fired his weapon through a window.

Fort Worth police arrived at the home early Saturday to perform a welfare check after a concerned neighbor noticed the door of the home had been open.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) JAMES SMITH, NEIGHBOR, SAYING: "I feel guilty because had I not called the Fort Worth police department, my neighbor would still be alive today" Body cam footage shows officers whispering to each other as they circle the home armed with guns and flashlights... (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) OFFICER SAYING: "Put your hands up.

Show me your hands." *FIRES SHOT* The officer fires less than a second after giving his command.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) LT.

Brandon O'Neil SAYING: "The officer did not announce that he was an officer prior to shooting.

What the officer observed and why he did not announce police will be addressed as the investigation continues." Memories are still fresh in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of a Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed black man inside his own apartment.

The former officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder this month and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Lee Merritt represented the family of Jean,and is now representing Jefferson's family: (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) LEE MERRITT, ATTORNEY, SAYING: "That officer should be fired, arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." The unidentified officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the police department and the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

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