Police seek manslaughter charge against Dallas officer

Leroy Wright
September 8, 2018

Police say that after the officer reported that she had shot Jean, she told officers who arrived at the scene that she had mistakenly entered his apartment, thinking it was hers.

Chief U. Renee Hall said at a news conference Friday that "there are more questions than we have answers" in the Thursday night killing of 26-year-old Botham Jean, but that with the information investigators have now, they're seeking a manslaughter charge against the officer.

However, as we continued this investigation it became clear that we were dealing with what appears to be a much different and very unique situation.

A police officer in the USA state of Texas has shot and killed a man in a flat after mistakenly thinking she was in her own unit, police say.

Responding officers administered first aid and the man was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead. As she walked into an apartment that she believed was her own, the officer found a 26-year-old man inside.

The police department is no longer handling it with their normal officer involved shooting procedures.

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'We still have a lot to do in this investigation, ' he said. However, those cases involve officers who were on duty at the time of the shootings. Upon entering Jean's apartment, she "fired her weapon striking the victim", police said in a Friday press release. The officer, who was not publicly identified by authorities, then opened fire on the man who resided there, police said.

Chief Hall stated that the officer is Caucasian. The officer was in uniform and was returning home after her shift.

Jean was a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Dallas Morning News reports.

According to Jean's Facebook page, he was a native of Saint Lucia who graduated from Harding University in Arkansas. "Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death", the company said in a statement.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office is also investigating the incident.

"And if you try your key and it doesn't work, that should make you realize you're at the wrong apartment".

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