Texas police shooting: Father of woman shot by cop in her home speaks out: 'That's my only daughter'


The father of a Texas woman who was shot and killed by police during a wellness check is searching for answers in his daughter's death.

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew Saturday when Fort Worth police officers entered her home. She was shot and killed just minutes later, according to body camera footage from the scene.

Now the deceased woman's father, Marquis Jefferson, is speaking out against his daughter's "senseless" death, which is still under investigation.

"I don't want no hug. That's my one and only daughter. I'll never forget that," Marquis Jefferson told CBS News in an interview published Monday morning.

The incident, in which Atatiana — who is black — was shot and killed by a white police officer, is drawing comparisons to the death of Botham Jean, the unarmed Dallas man who was also shot by a white officer inside his home. The officer in that case, Amber R. Guyger, was sentenced to 10 years in prison following a trial that ended earlier this month.

Aaron Dean, the officer involved in Atatiana's case, was originally placed on leave but resigned on Monday. An investigation into the incident is still ongoing,

Many details have yet to emerge from the incident, but police have said that the shooting stemmed from a 911 call they received from a neighbor, James Smith, early Saturday morning. Smith told CBS he placed the call because he was worried about his neighbors.

"Well, the front doors have been open since 10 o'clock and I haven't seen nobody moving around," Smith can be heard saying on the call.

Authorities arrived at Atatiana Jefferson's home after 2 a.m., where she was reportedly playing video games with her nephew. The body camera footage shows Dean, who did not announce that he was with the police, shouting before firing his weapon through a window.

"Put your hands up! Show me your hands!" the officer can be heard saying.

The family's lawyer, Lee Merritt, said Sunday that an outside agency should be brought in to investigate Atatiana's death. Merritt has also launched a GoFundMe page, called "Justice For Atatiana Jefferson," with aims to raise money for the family's funeral costs, among other expenses.

Atatiana's father, meanwhile, is heartbroken that his daughter — who was a pre-med graduate from Xavier University of Louisiana — had her life cut so short.

"My daughter ... had her whole life in front of her," he told CBS News.