Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Dallas Police Officer Enters Wrong Apartment, Shoots And Kills Man Inside

Dallas Police Officer Enters Wrong Apartment, Shoots And Kills Man Inside

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened but say it appears that after working a full shift, the officer went home to her apartment complex, the Southside Flats in the 1200 block of South Lamar, but went to the wrong unit.

Allison Jean told NBC News that she doesn't want to judge the police officer who shot her son but wants an explanation.

Crowds also gathered for a candlelight vigil for the victim, identified as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, who moved to the USA from Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

The officer, who the police are yet to identify, has been placed on leave pending official charges and will face criminal charges for the fatal shooting, officials said on Friday.

Reporters pressed the police chief about the officer's mental state when she entered the apartment at 1210 S. Lamar Dallas - was she worn out, or under the influence? - but Hall didn't want to speculate.

In what he called "just a preliminary statement", Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said officers "still have a lot to do in this investigation". But given what investigators now know about the case, they chose to pursue the manslaughter charge, authorities said.

Jean, a native of Saint Lucia and a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, who worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a tax and consulting service based in the United Kingdom, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The officer, who has not been identified, thought she was walking into her own home.

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The dead man was named as Botham Shem Jean.

Dozens of people including Jean's mother attended the vigil at the Dallas West Church of Christ. It is also not known how she got into the wrong apartment.

"Somebody has to be insane not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment", Jean's mother told NBC News.

Frazier said Jean was involved with many groups and activities on campus, including the Good News Singers, a performance group that served as Harding ambassadors, who travel and help recruit students. The company in a statement said "we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death".

His uncle Ignatius Jean said relatives were devastated by his death, calling his nephew a "brilliant" man of "impeccable character".

"Still super suspect! I don't care how exhausted I am, I know where I live!"

"We have ceased handling (the incident) under our normal officer-involved shooting protocol", the chief said, adding that the officer's blood was being tested for drugs and alcohol. She took away my heart. "This doesn't make sense to anybody right now".

Harding President Bruce McClarty remembered how he once asked Jean to lead the chapel in a hymn that Jean had never heard before, according to reporting from the Christian Chronicle. Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Her initial remarks at a news conference were also posted on the Dallas police blog. "Botham loved everyone, and everyone loved him". "The state needs to pay for my son". "A heavy price", Jean said.

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