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The Story Of Atatiana Jefferson: Texas Lady Shot And Killed By Cop In 2019

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According to her family, Atatiana Koquice Jefferson was a 28-year-old Xavier University of Louisiana graduate who also worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative and saved money for medical school. She graduated from Lake Highland High School in 2010 and went on to Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she earned a degree in biology in 2014. After her mother became ill, she moved in with her mother in Fort Worth, Texas, to care for her.

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Jefferson was shot and killed by a police officer in the early hours of October 12, 2019, at her home in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Police were called to Jefferson’s home around 2:30 a.m. after a concerned neighbor, James Smith, reported that her door was open. Jefferson was playing video games with her nephew when she noticed noises coming from outside the window. According to police body camera footage, an officer fatally shot Atatiana as she walked to her window.

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Officer Daren Dean, the shooter, had previously entered Jefferson’s backyard. When the officer noticed Jefferson at the house’s window, he yelled, “Put your hands up! “Show me your hands!” he yelled, before firing a single shot through Jefferson’s window. When the police arrived, they did not appear to identify themselves.

According to the police report, a handgun was discovered near her body. Her nephew confirmed that she had taken it from her purse after hearing strange noises outside the window. Jefferson owned the gun legally and had a concealed carry permit. While playing video games, her eight-year-old nephew reported hearing noises outside the window. Before she was shot, Jefferson took her gun from her purse and pointed it at the window.

Officer Daren Dean was arrested on Oct. 14, 2019 but released before he could be fired for violating department policies on use of force, de-escalation, and unprofessional conduct, according to his nephew’s account. He was charged with murder and released on $200,000 bail the next day. A grand jury indicted him for murder on December 20, 2019.

“If I hadn’t called the cops, she would still be alive,” Atatiana Jefferson’s neighbor, James Smith, said. “I am shaken, angry, and upset, and I believe it is partly my fault.” He called the cops because he wanted to ensure Atatiana’s safety. Two professional athletes, NBA player Harrison Barnes and NFL player Malik Jackson, paid for Jefferson’s funeral. The family’s attorney has also started a GoFundMe campaign on their behalf.

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