Residents in one Dallas neighborhood say an innocent man was killed by an off-duty cop. Details surrounding the death of 26-year-old Botham Jean surfaced early Friday.
He was reportedly at his apartment when the officer’s shift ended. She entered the apartment, apparently thinking it was her own. At some point shortly after that, she fired on Botham Jean, killing him.
What police are saying
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall confirmed the incident. She said the uniformed officer entered the home shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. Inside was Botham Jean.
The cop then called 911 and reported the shooting.
Hall called the incident a “very unique situation.” She said responding officers initially thought they’d be responding to an officer involved shooting.
Who is the officer?
Unlike Botham Jean, the shooter has not been identified by name. Police described her only as a white woman.
“It’s not clear what [the] interaction was between them,” Hall said. “At some point, she fired her weapon, striking the victim.”
Authorities took a sample of the officer’s blood to see if she was under the influence. The Texas Rangers are aiding in the investigation. She could be arrested for manslaughter.
Who is Botham Jean?
A native of Saint Lucia, he moved to the states from the Caribbeans. Botham Jean posted on social media that he had attended Harding University in Arkansas.
The school released a statement about the 2016 graduate.
“The entire Harding family grieves today for the loss of Botham, who has meant so very much to us.”
Botham Jean also led worship at the campus chapel and other school functions.
Next steps for investigators
The police chief was realistic in her assessment of the situation.
“Right now there are more questions than we have answers,” Hall said.
She said the agency is “working as vigorously and meticulously” as possible. The goal, Hill added, is “to ensure the integrity of this case.”
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