WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Dallas police officer returning home after working a shift on Thursday fatally shot a neighbor in her apartment complex.
- The police officer entered her neighbor’s apartment after mistaking it for her own.
- The 26-year-old victim was pronounced dead in the hospital.
A Dallas cop shot her neighbor after she thought he was an intruder. The cop went home from duty but mistakenly entered her neighbor’s apartment. She immediately called for dispatch to report the shooting incident, telling officers who responded, that she thought the victim’s apartment was her own when she entered it.
“Right now, there are more questions than we have answers,” Chief U. Renee Hall of the Dallas Police Department said during a news conference.
Hall announced that based on the available information, the department intends to charge the officer with manslaughter.
The victim was identified as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, a native of the Caribbean country St. Lucia. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It was still unclear what led to the shooting and how the officer got inside the apartment in the first place.
“I won’t go into that information right now. I mean, we have not interviewed her, and like I said this is just a preliminary statement. ..This is all we can give you at this time,” said Sgt. Warren Mitchell, the police department spokesperson.
He continued to say that there is a lot to do in the investigation, which will be conducted jointly by the police department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. In the meantime, the officer, who hasn’t been named, will be placed on administrative leave while awaiting the outcome of the investigation.
Jean’s mother, Allie told NBC News that “somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment,” as she questioned the fatal mix-up.
Boham, she said, was a good student and an active church member who often lead worship services in school. Since graduating in 2016, he’s been working for consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.
Residents of the complex where the shooting occurred were equally shocked by the incident. One resident, Richard Healy Nelson told Fox 4 News that it can be super scary because their jobs as police is to protect you, and they come home thinking your home is their home.
“I don’t know if she was tired but that’s pretty scary.” Another neighbor who lives nearby told Dallas News, that the area where the apartments are, always seemed so safe.
Tomiya Melvin said, “It’s terrible. I hope it’s just a tragic accident and nothing more than that.”
Source: Fox News