An off-duty Dallas police officer walked into an apartment she thought was hers. It wasn’t, and she killed a man, police say.
DALLAS — A 26-year-old man is dead after police say an off-duty Dallas police officer walked into the wrong apartment, thinking it was her own, and shot him Thursday night, Sept. 6.
Police say the officer, who has not yet been publicly identified, arrived at the downtown apartment complex after working her normal police shift and was still in full uniform upon entering the victim’s apartment, which she thought was her own.
The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, a native of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia, the Dallas Morning News reports. He was a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas and was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a London-based professional services firm, before his death. The officer was not hurt in the shooting and has been placed on leave while the shooting is investigated.
Sgt. Warren Mitchell, a spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department, says he can’t yet explain how the situation involving the off-duty officer and Jean escalated to the shooting. Mitchell declined comment when asked whether the officer mistook Jean for an intruder, according to the Dallas Morning News report.
“I won’t go into that information right now,” said Mitchell. “We have not interviewed her … We will have a lot to do in this investigation.”
Two women who live on the second floor of the same apartment complex where the shooting occurred told the Dallas Morning News that they heard a lot of noise coming from a nearby apartment late Thursday night.
“It was, like, police talk: ‘Open up! Open up!’” one neighbor said.
“We heard cops yelling,” said another neighbor. “But otherwise had no idea what was going on.”
In tribute’s posted to social media following Jean’s death, the 26-year-old was remembered as a “powerful singer,” and a man who “always had a spirit of joy that flowed from him.”