A woman was shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer in her own home
A black woman was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Fort Worth, Texas home after a neighbor called 911 to report the woman’s front door was open, police said.
The officers were searching the perimeter of the woman’s home when they saw a person standing near a window inside and one of them opened fire, killing her, Fort Worth police said.
Hours after the shooting, police released a heavily edited version of the officer’s body camera footage. The nearly 2-minute video shows officers walking outside the home with flashlights for a few minutes before one of them yells, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” and shoots his weapon through a window.
“The Fort Worth Police Department is releasing available body camera footage to provide transparent and relevant information to the public as we are allowed within the confines of the Public Information Act and forthcoming investigation,” police said.
In its statement, the department also said that it “shares the deep concerns of the public and is committed to completing an extremely through investigation of this critical police incident to its resolution.”
In a statement, police said the officers entered the home and gave the woman medical treatment, but she died at the scene.
Neither the woman or the officer were named by police. CNN has reached out to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the woman’s identity.
The officer, who joined the department in April of last year, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Fort Worth Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
‘Put your hands up! Show me your hands!’
Officers responded to the woman’s home after dispatchers received a call around 2:25 a.m. from a person saying his or her neighbor’s front door was open, police said.
In the body camera video, when the officers first arrive at the house, the door is open and the lights are on, but no one can be seen.
The officers then walk around the home and into the dark holding a flashlight. At some point, one of them quickly approaches a window with his weapon drawn.
Within seconds, the officer yells, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” and fires through the window. The officer does not appear to identify himself as police before firing his weapon.
The officer drew his weapon and fired one shot after “perceiving a threat,” police said. The officers found a firearm when they entered the room, the department’s statement said.
The video released by police shows two mostly blurred clips that appeared to be from inside the home, showing a firearm.
CNN requested the unedited body camera footage, an incident report and dispatch audio from the 911 call that prompted the response, but a police spokesperson said nothing additional will be released at this time.