Dallas officer mistakes apartment for own, kills man: authorities

Botham Shem Jean

The Dallas police officer who shot and killed a man when she entered the wrong apartment will soon be charged according to Dallas police Chief Renee Hall.

A police officer shot and killed a neighbour after mistaking his flat for her own.

The officer was fresh off a shift and still in full uniform Thursday night when she walked into what she believed to be her apartment at the South Side Flats, located about a block away from the Dallas Police Department Headquarters.

Authorities investigating the Thursday night shooting, which claimed the life of 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, aren't the only ones with questions.

Authorities said they are awaiting family notification before releasing the victim's name.

It's not clear how the situation escalated, but at some point the officer fired her weapon and hit the man. But given what investigators now know about the case, they chose to pursue a manslaughter charge, she said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

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.

Jean grew up in St. Lucia and attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he often led campus worship services before graduating in 2016, the school said in a statement. A blood sample was drawn to test the officer for drugs or alcohol.

An acquaintance from Jean's alma mater wrote on Twitter that he was "a light at Harding - one who I could never forget".

"This is a bad tragedy", the company wrote on Facebook. The man later died from his wounds at an area hospital. Along with that, he said, "We still have a lot to do in this investigation".

"Initial indications were that we were dealing with an officer-involved shooting".

Chief Hall invited the Texas Rangers to conduct their own independent investigation.

"Just last week I was thinking of what to get you for your birthday, now I have to go pick out your casket".

The shooting also rocked residents of other nearby apartment buildings.

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