Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Dallas cop enters wrong apartment, shoots neighbour dead

Dallas cop enters wrong apartment, shoots neighbour dead

Dallas police say an officer returning home from work shot and killed a neighbor after she said she mistook his apartment for her own.

Reporters pressed the police chief about the officer's mental state when she entered the apartment at 1210 S. Lamar St.in Dallas - was she tired, or under the influence? - but Hall did not want to speculate.

The unnamed Dallas officer entered the apartment after her shift on Thursday night and confronted the victim, a 26-year-old male. The police department said she will be placed on administrative leave while an investigation is completed.

The Dallas County Medical Examiners Office said the man killed was Botham Shem Jean, and that an autopsy was being performed on Friday morning. She told responding officers that she believed the victim's apartment was her own when she entered it. The chief could not even say where the woman is, or whether she is in custody.

The shooting is now under investigation by the Texas Rangers and the Dallas District Attorney's Office.

Police also know that she was at the wrong apartment.

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

Jean was once asked to lead a college chapel service with an hymn that was unfamiliar to him, Harding University President Bruce McLarty recalled in a statement Friday.

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"I've spoken with the family expressed my condolences and reassured them that we are working diligently and that we have invited an outside agency to investigate", said DPD Chief Reneé Hall.

"This is a awful tragedy", Jean's employer said.

Neighbours said they can access their building with a regular key or by using a keypad code.

Jean was a native of Saint Lucia who graduated from Harding University in Arkansas.

"This is a awful tragedy", the company said in a statement. "So there's a lot of information I understand you guys want but this is all we can give you at this time", Mitchell said.

The shooting at the Southside Flats apartment complex, which is located just blocks away from police headquarters, left several other residents feeling uneasy.

Jean was a student at Harding University, a private Christian institution in Arkansas, where he was a member of the Good News Singers and belonged to a campus ministry group, according to NBC News. "Open up!'" Caitlin Simpson, 20, told The Dallas Morning News.

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