Dallas officer faces manslaughter charge in apartment shooting

Leroy Wright
September 8, 2018

She called dispatch to report that she had shot a man, and she later told the officers who responded that she believed the victim's apartment was her own when she entered it.

The officer finished work around 10pm on Thursday night, and returned to her apartment building just two blocks away. While still in uniform, she told authorities she mistakenly walked into the apartment belonging to Botham Shem Jean in an upscale complex near downtown Dallas.

A CBS 11 News crew spoke with Dallas police and they said the officer who fired her weapon had not been interviewed.

Dallas County medical examiner's office identified him as 26-year-old Botham Jean. Jean was taken to a hospital, where he died. However, those cases involve officers who were on duty at the time of the shootings.

The officer was placed on administrative leave while the police department and district attorney's office investigate. Jean, originally from the island of St. Lucia, came to the U.S. to study at the Christian Harding University in Arkansas, per NBC, where he is remembered as "always friendly, always smiling".

This photo from 2014 shows Botham Jean speaking at Harding University where he often led campus worship services.

"Somebody has to be insane not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment", said Botham Shem's mother, Allie Jean, who questioned how the situation escalated like this.

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Witnesses said they heard volleys of gunfire and one said that a woman was shot as she entered the bank building's lobby. A fourth victim was brought to the facility in serious condition and has since been upgraded to "fair condition".

Hall declined to comment on the officer's activities prior to the shooting but did say that she was required to provide a blood sample for drug and alcohol testing. DPD says they are conducting a joint investigation with the DA.

Local clergy and activist groups, including Mothers Against Police Brutality, will host a vigil honoring Jean at 7 p.m.

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

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Police also know that she was at the wrong apartment.

Yazmine Hernandez, 20, was studying with Simpson when they heard the commotion. "How can you make a mistake like that, getting into someone else's apartment", a resident of the apartment complex asks, speaking to Dallas News.

Edmunds said the embassy in Washington is in touch with the US State Department "to get as much information as they can".

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