Man fatally shot by officer in wrong apartment celebrated by alma mater

Saul Bowman
September 10, 2018

The unnamed officer wasn't hurt in the 10 p.m. shooting at the South Side Flats at 1210 S. Lamar St., just blocks from Dallas police headquarters in the Cedars.

According to police, the officer returned home in her uniform after her shift. The officer ran into a man who she didn't recognize and ended up shooting him. The patrol officer, described as a female Caucasian, has not been identified, but her name will be released when she is formally charged, Hall told reporters.

Jean's mother was incredulous when hearing the news that her son had been gunned down by a police officer in his own home. "But I need to look into her eyes and ask her why she did that to my son".

"The ball is in their court", Hall said.

The responding officers administered first aid to the victim, whom the Dallas County medical examiner's office identified as 26-year-old Botham Jean.

The Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Texas Rangers, didn't immediately reply to a Saturday phone message seeking comment about the investigation.

The island country's government issued a statement Friday expressing "shock" at the killing and extending condolences to the Jean family.

Jean attended and studied accountancy at Harding University in Arkansas. He was taken to the hospital and died a short time later.

She said there are more questions than answers. Hall said the officer's blood will be tested to determine whether she had been using drugs or alcohol.

Authorities in Texas say a fellow law enforcement officer shot and killed a black man when she entered his apartment by mistake, apparently thinking it was her own.

As the heavy thunderstorm receded on Friday night, a diverse group of people - ample media outlets in the wings - memorialized Jean at the vigil, organized by local activist group Mothers Against Police Brutality.

Speaking at a news conference, Dallas police chief U Renee Hall said the shooting was "a very unique situation" and that officers had "ceased handling [the incident] under our normal officer-involved shooting protocol".

Speaking to NBC News on the death of Botham Jean, mom, Allison Jean shared: "I couldn't believe it when we got that call".

In 2016, he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he majored in accounting and management information systems, according to a statement from the school.

"He lived what he spoke", Monan said, adding that Jean's death has stirred emotions of sadness and anger.

Harding University officials were mourning the beloved former worship leader at chapel services Friday morning, a university employee said.

"You want to think it's fiction. and you have to grapple with the reality", he said.

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