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UPDATE: Woman killed by police in her own home was playing videogames with nephew before shooting



UPDATE: A lawyer who represents Atatiana Jefferson’s family has released a statement saying she had been playing videogames at the time of the shooting.

According to lawyer S. Lee Merritt, Atatiana had been playing videogames with her 8-year-old nephew when officers arrived at her home Saturday sometime around 2:30 a.m.

The New York Times reports that the two had been staying up playing videogames when they heard rustling outside.

Officers had snuck into her backyard and saw Atatiana’s silhouette through the bedroom window.

The unidentified officer shot her immediately after ordering her to put her hands up.

According to the New York Times, Atatiana’s 8-year-old nephew was still in the room when she was shot.

The family’s lawyer also commented on the FWPD press release which stated officers found a gun in Atatiana’s residence.

According to Merritt, Atatiana did own a gun legally, but that it “wouldn’t matter, because that’s her home.”

Texas Breaking News will update you when more information is available.



FORT WORTH, Texas A Fort Worth police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he shot and killed a woman in her own home early Saturday.

28-year old Atatiana Jefferson was pronounced dead on the scene after the officer shot her through her bedroom window, according to a press release from the Fort Worth Police Department.

A press release also states that the officer was responding to an Open Structure call in the 1200 block of E. Allen Ave.

WFAA reports Atatiana’s neighbor, James Smith, says he called the non-emergency police number to request a welfare check for the home after he saw the home’s lights on and the front door open.

Body Camera footage released by FWPD shows the officer circled the house, moving from the front door to the backyard.

He stands outside Atatiana’s bedroom window, appears to catch sight of her, then raises his weapon.

The officer can be heard shouting “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!”

Within seconds of this, he fires a single shot through the window.

At no point in the video did he identify himself as a police officer.

According to the press release, officers entered the home and allegedly discovered a firearm in the residence as they were attempting to administer emergency medical care.

It is unclear where the officers located the firearm and whether or not Atatiana was actually wielding the weapon when she was shot.

The officer has only been identified as a white male who has been with the department since April of 2018.

Sources say that the Fort Worth Major Case unit, Internal Affairs, and the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Law Enforcement Incident Team have been notified of this incident and are investigating the shooting

This is an ongoing investigation and Texas Breaking News will update you when more information is available.

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Former police officers accused of providing false information that caused deadly drug raid



Houston Police Department

HOUSTON, Texas — A thorough investigation has led to the arrest of two former Houston police officers accused of providing false information that caused a deadly drug raid earlier this year.

Sources from FOX News say former officers Gerald Goines (left) and Steven Bryant (right) were arrested in connection with the drug raid that occurred on January 28.

A civilian identified as Patricia Garcia was also arrested due to her alleged involvement in the incident.

Reports say 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle were killed in their home during the drug raid.

Five officers were wounded as well, according to FOX, including Goines who was shot during the raid.

Goines is reportedly being Charged with seven counts, including lying in a search warrant and making up an informant who he allegedly said had bought drugs from the home.

He allegedly confessed to buying the drugs himself.

Bryant has been Charged with falsifying records, having allegedly claimed he identified a substance bought from the home as heroin.

FOX says Garcia was Charged with providing false information.

Garcia allegedly called 911 and claimed the people inside the home were drug dealers that were using crack and heroin.

According to the DOJ, she reportedly told police that she could see her daughter inside the home.

Reports say police went to the residence after receiving the call from Garcia.

Gunfire erupted inside the home, leaving Rhogena and Dennis dead and five officers injured.

One of the officers was left paralyzed after the raid, according to FOX.

Goines and Bryant were reportedly relieved of duty after the raid and retired.

Police say they realized Goines had made up the informant when they could not find him during the investigation into the incident.

Authorities reportedly found small amounts of marijuana and cocaine inside the home, but no heroin.

FOX says family and friends of Rhogena and Dennis told police the two never sold drugs.

Goines is reportedly facing up to life in prison.

Sources say Bryant is facing up to 20 years if he is convicted.

Garcia is facing up to five years in prison.

Sources say the former officers are facing state Charges as well.

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Deputy accused of stealing from tornado-damaged Home Depot he was guarding



Dallas County Sheriff's Office

DALLAS, Texas — A Dallas County Deputy was arrested earlier this afternoon for allegedly stealing from a Home Depot that had been badly damaged by a tornado last month.

The deputy’s mugshot and bond information are currently unavailable.

Sources with CBSDFW say the Deputy, identified as Joseph Bobadilla, had been working off-duty as a guard at the Home Depot located on Forest Lane.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said Bobadilla has been Charged with Theft of Property worth $750 to $2,500, which will be enhanced due to him being a public servant.

Bobadilla allegedly took products from the damaged store, exchanged them at a different Home Depot for store credit, and used that credit to purchase items.

CBSDFW says police removed a new laundry machine from Bobadilla’s home after executing a search warrant at his residence.

“The Dallas Sheriff’s Office does not condone or support employees that break the law,” said Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown. “Our core values are integrity, professionalism and accountability and as a result, we will follow the proper procedures and guidelines in place to uphold the law and ensure the deputy is held responsible for his actions.”

Texas Breaking News will update you once more information on this ongoing investigation is available.

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Gun owner shot and killed while trying to stop robbery



Houston Police Department

HOUSTON, Texas Houston Police are searching for two male suspects who shot and killed a man while robbing a pawn shop.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the robbery took place Wednesday night in southwest Houston when two masked men entered the EZ Pawn store located in the 6000 block of Bellaire Boulevard.

Police say the masked men forced employees onto their knees and rushed to the back of the store while a citizen with a licensed concealed handgun waited for them to return to the front of the store.

Once the suspected robbers went back to the front, the citizen drew his gun and reportedly exchanged gunfire with the two suspects.

Sources say the citizen was struck several times and fell to the floor.

The suspects then fled the scene; Police are not sure if either of them was shot.

The injured gunowner was rushed to a nearby hospital where sources say he was pronounced dead.

The two suspects are still at large and are currently wanted by law enforcement.

They are only described as black males in their early to mid-20s.

One suspect was wearing a white jacket and grey hood, blue sweatpants, white shoes and a black mask.

The other suspect wore a grey hoodie, white pants, white shoes and a red mask.

If you have any information on the suspects, contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.


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