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Texas police fatally shoot black woman inside her home

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A white policeman in Texas has shot dead a black woman in her home after being called to do a welfare check on the residence.

A black woman has been shot dead by a white police officer inside her Texas home after police were called for a welfare check.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the shooting happened early on Saturday after a neighbour called police to say the front door to the home was open.

In body camera video released by police, two officers search the house from the outside with torches before one shouts, "Put your hands up, show me your hands." One shot is fired through a window.

he Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman as 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson.
he Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman as 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson.
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The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office identified her as 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson.

The officer does not identify himself as police in the video. In a statement, police say he has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation.

Police said the responding officers saw a person near the window inside the home. The officer fired the single shot after "perceiving a threat," the statement said. The bodycam video also included images of a gun inside the residence, but it's unclear if the firearm was found near the woman.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbour inside his own apartment. Amber Guyger said during her trial that mistook Botham Jean's apartment for her own, which was one floor below Jean's.

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