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Atatiana Jefferson pointed gun at window before she was shot, police say

Former Fort Worth, Texas, police Officer Aaron Dean (Arrest photo: Tarrant County  Sheriff’s Department)

The arrest warrant for former Fort Worth police Officer Aaron Dean includes a statement that Atatiana Jefferson pulled out her gun and pointed it at the window before she was shot to death.

Jefferson’s 8-year-old nephew, who she was watching at the time of the incident, is quoted by police as saying his aunt “heard noises coming from outside, and she took her handgun from her purse.” When she went to investigate the noise, Jefferson then “raised her handgun, pointed it toward the window” and “was shot and fell to the ground,” the nephew said according to NBC News. 

Despite the introduction of this new piece of evidence, Interim Fort Worth Chief of Police Ed Kraus reiterated his statement that there was “absolutely no excuse” for Dean to shoot and kill Jefferson while she was inside her own home.

Speaking during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 15, Kraus added that “the gun was found just inside the room, but it makes sense that she would have a gun if she felt that she was being threatened or that there was someone in the backyard.”

According to body camera video released by the Fort Worth Police Department, Dean is heard yelling, “Put your hands up. Show me your hands,” just before firing his weapon once.

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