The 28-year-old black Texas woman killed in her home by a white police officer was a pre-med university graduate who worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales, her family’s lawyer said Sunday.
The lawyer, Lee Merritt, described Atatiana Jefferson in an online fundraiser as someone dedicated to her family and “the auntie that stayed up on Friday night playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.”
Jefferson, who attended Xavier University, was shot to death early Saturday morning by a Fort Worth police officer while she was watching her older sister’s son.
The department said in a statement that the officer was dispatched to the home after a report that its front door was open. As the officer searched outside, he saw a person inside standing near a window, the statement said.
“Perceiving a threat the officer drew his duty weapon and fired one shot,” police said.
The statement did not describe the threat. A gun was found in the home, the statement said, though it did not specify where it was found.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Tim Stelloh