- A police officer fatally shot a 26-year-old man at her Dallas, Texas apartment building Thursday night after mistaking his apartment for her own.
- It’s unclear how the unnamed officer got into Botham Shem Jean’s apartment, or how the situation escalated to the cop firing her weapon.
- Jean’s family members called his death „devastating.“
A Dallas, Texas man was shot dead in his own apartment on Thursday night after a police officer entered the unit, confusing it for her own.
The police officer, who has not been named, had just finished a full shift and was still in uniform when she fired her weapon at 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean around 10 p.m., officials said.
The South Side Flats apartment building where the two lived is just two blocks from police headquarters, so cops were on the scene quickly. Jean was rushed to the Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The police have not released further details about how the officer gained entry to the apartment, or how the situation escalated to her firing her gun.
She has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation. Officials say they have yet to interview her.
„We still have a lot to do in this investigation. So there’s a lot of information I understand you guys want but this is all we can give you at this time,“ Sgt. Warren Mitchell said at a Friday morning news conference.
Jean is said to have hailed from the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia and worked at the multinational accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, according to a family member who spoke with the St. Lucia Times.
That anonymous relative told the outlet that the officer’s key was found in Jean’s lock after she tried unsuccessfully to open the door. The family member called Jean’s death „devastating.“
Source: Business insider