Dallas officer enters apartment thinking it's her own, fatally shoots man inside

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2018

After completing her shift Thursday, the officer went to her apartment building across the street from the Dallas Police Department's headquarters shortly before 10 p.m.

Authorities say the officer called dispatch to report the shooting. Police said he was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Dallas Police Department confirmed Friday that 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean was unarmed Thursday when he was fatally shot in his own home by an off-duty female officer who walked into the wrong apartment. She couldn't even say where the woman was, or whether she was in custody.

Botham Jean attended college in Arkansas and had been living and working in Dallas since 2016. A blood sample was drawn to test the officer for drugs or alcohol. "We have not interviewed her ..."

Police say the officer was not injured and will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Hall said the Texas Rangers would take over the investigation because of the "unique" nature of the incident.

Bruce McLarty, the university's president, said Friday that he recalled when he asked Jean in 2014 to sing a hymn at a major event at Harding, which is associated with the Churches of Christ.

Jean's mother was incredulous when hearing the news that her son had been gunned down by a police officer in his own home.

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"Right now, there are more questions than we have answers", the chief said.

"The entire Harding family grieves today for the loss of Botham Jean, who has meant so very much to us". "We understand the concerns of this community and that is why we are working as vigorously and as meticulously as we can to ensure the integrity of this case". "I'm getting calls from all over the world". "Gone with the Angel's. lord keep me sane", Jean said.

Botham Jean is seen leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017.

Friends of Jean's have taken to social media leaving their thoughts, prayers and well wishes for friends and family of the young man.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Warren Mitchell refused to comment on whether the officer mistook him for an intruder.

Jean was listed on LinkedIn as a risk assurance experienced associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Botham's employer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, issued the following statement: "This is a bad tragedy".

Jean's mother, Allison, is a former Saint Lucia government official who oversaw the island's Department of Education, Innovation & Gender Relations as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services & Transport, according to reporting from the Dallas Morning News.

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