Off-duty Dallas officer shoots, kills man after entering wrong apartment

Blanche Robertson
September 11, 2018

A Dallas man died late Thursday after a police officer returning home from her shift entered the wrong apartment and shot the 26-year-old.

"It's not clear what interaction was between them. but at some point she fired her weapon, striking the victim", Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said at a press conference on Friday.

Allison Jean told NBC News that she doesn't want to judge the police officer who shot her son but wants an explanation. She said she spoke to Jean's sister to express condolences to the family.

First aid was initially performed at the scene on Jean, who was rushed to the nearest hospital where doctors unsuccessfully attempted to revive him.

"Right now there are more questions than answers", Chief Hall said.

"We still have a lot to do in this investigation".

The case was initially being investigated as an officer-involved shooting, in part because the woman was still in uniform; now, the department is trying to get a warrant for manslaughter, Hall said, adding that investigators took a blood sample from the woman to test for drugs and alcohol.

Hall has asked the Texas Rangers, the state's top law enforcement agency, to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting.

Jean was from Saint Lucia, a small Caribbean island, according to his Facebook page.

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Jean grew up in St. Lucia and attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he often led campus worship services before graduating in 2016, the school said in a statement.

Botham Jean was known in his community for his "beautiful and powerful" singing voice that he shared with his church, according to Christian Chronicle.

The officer called dispatch to report that she had shot the man Thursday night, police said. She was confronted by a man, identified by the Medical examiner's office as Botham Shem Jean.

The family attorneys weren't immediately available for comment after the arrest came. "Lord, keep me sane".

Jean was hired at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas after an internship with the company, according to his father.

"Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death", the statement said. She was visiting a daughter in Florida when she learned her son had been killed.

"I still don't believe he's gone, but we have to accept it", Brandt said in a phone interview.

"Botham did everything with passion", Allison Jean told the prayer service. "I wish I would wake up and find that it wasn't true". The police department said she will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation is completed. She wondered whether race had driven her to pull the trigger, according to NBC News.

"What I've been able to hold onto today is that I know I'll get to see him again in heaven", Gentry said. "My Harding experience has really inspired me to want to serve and I want every student at Harding to have the best Harding experience possible". "The state needs to pay for my son".

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