Body Cam Footage Shows Police Officer Kills Woman In Her Own Home For No Apparent Reason Whatsoever [Video]

If you haven't seen it in the news already, a Fort Worth, Texas police officer shot and killed a woman inside her own home for absolutely no reason.

What happened was the police department received a call from a concerned neighbor after noticing that her front door was open and lights were on early in the morning. So they sent an officer out to perform a "welfare" check.

According to CNN,

Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, was killed around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor called dispatchers to report the woman's front door was open, police said.

James Smith, Jefferson's neighbor, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he called a non-emergency police number when he saw her doors open and lights on in the early morning hours. Officers arrived and parked near but not in front of the residence, police spokesman Lt. Brandon O'Neil said Sunday at a news conference.

The officers were searching the perimeter of the woman's home when they saw a person standing inside near a window and one of them opened fire, killing her, police said.

Now the Fort Worth Police Department is looking into the matter, but the attorney for the woman's family says that they shouldn't be investigating themselves to see if they've done wrong.

Shouldn't this be common sense?

There is no reason for this situation to ever happen again. This officer should never have had his weapon drawn. There is no threat, and if there were it's his own fault because of what he's doing in the middle of the night. He should never have been on her property in the first place.

Here's my opinion on the matter. This officer was no different than any other criminal snooping around the house who may be a threat (and obviously was). He's parked far away so there is no way of seeing a police car, he's looking around the perimeter of my home with a flashlight just like a criminal might, and if I can see someone with a light outside you'd better believe I'm grabbing a gun to defend myself as well. What reason does she have to assume that the officer is indeed an officer especially since he didn't tell her?

This is the same problem I have with swat situations. When you enter someone else's home without their knowing it, you'd better be expecting someone to have a weapon to protect themselves from an intruder, yet too often, officers use this to justify killing them.

UPDATE: Since the day of the incident, the officer has resigned as was arrested on the charge of murder…as he should.