Atatiana Jefferson’s Family Files Lawsuit Against City of Fort Worth and Former Police Officer for Causing Emotional Trauma to Nephew Who Witnessed Her Fatal Shooting

The family of Atatiana Jefferson, who a police officer shot and killed in her home in 2019, filed a federal lawsuit against the former officer and the city of Fort Worth on Wednesday about the emotional trauma Jefferson’s nephew endured when she was killed in front of him.

“At the age of 8,” the lawsuit says, Zion Carr “was forced to watch the murder of his aunt, Atatiana Jefferson, at the hands of Fort Worth Police.”

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas — Fort Worth division and lists Amber Carr, who is Jefferson’s sister and the child’s mother, as a plaintiff. The city of Fort Worth, former officer Aaron Dean, former Police Chief Ed Kraus and former Mayor Betsy Price are listed as defendants. None of the defendants immediately responded to requests for comment.

In October 2019, Dean fatally shot Jefferson, a 28-year-old Black woman, at her family’s home at 1203 E. Allen Ave. He and another officer were checking on the house after a neighbor called police at 2:25 a.m. and said the front door, which was normally closed at night, was open.

Inside, Jefferson and her then-8-year-old nephew were playing video games. The door was open to let in the cool autumn breeze.

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SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kaley Johnson