Woman killed by cop in own home was babysitting 8-year-old nephew

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Atatiana Jefferson, 28, who was fatally shot Saturday as authorities responded to her Fort Worth home to perform a welfare check. (Facebook)

By Jackie Salo, New York Post

The Black Texas woman who was shot and killed by police in her own home was babysitting her 8-year-old nephew, according to a report.

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was fatally shot Saturday as authorities responded to her Fort Worth home to perform a welfare check, news station KXAS reported.

Officers received a call from a neighbor reporting to a non-emergency line that Jefferson’s front door was open.

Police said a white officer, who was in the backyard, saw someone in the window and pulled out his gun because he felt threatened. He then fatally shot Jefferson inside her bedroom.

“She didn’t do anything wrong, but she’s inside of her home, trying to protect her home and my son that’s inside,” Jefferson’s older sister Amber Carr told the news outlet.

Carr said that her sister was a college graduate and “not a threat.”

“You want to see justice, but justice don’t bring my sister back,” Carr said.

Jefferson’s aunt, Venitta Body, said the family is searching for answers about the shooting death.

“It’s like from the moment we got the call, it’s been more and more inconceivable and more confusing,” Body said. “And there has nothing been done in order to take away that confusion.”

The officer, who hasn’t been identified, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.

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