Officer Accused of Fatally Shooting Neighbor Facing Manslaughter Charge

By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

September 8, 2018

An off-duty police officer who is accused of fatally shooting a 26-year-old man after mistaking his apartment for her own is facing a manslaughter charge according to the Dallas Morning News. 

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Police Chief U. Renee Hall called the shooting a "unique situation." 

"Last night, a female Dallas police officer returned to what she believed to be her apartment after her shift had ended. She was still in uniform when she encountered Mr. Jean in the apartment. It's not clear what interaction was between them, her and the victim. But at some point, she fired her weapon, striking the victim." 

Officials identified the victim as Botham Shem Jean, a native of Saint Lucia and an employee at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.

"We have ceased handling it under our normal officer-involved shooting protocol," Hall said. "A blood sample was drawn to test the officer's level for drugs or alcohol, and at my request we are in the process of obtaining a warrant based on the circumstances we have right now." 

"We have also invited The Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation," Hall said. 

Hall said Rangers were there and being briefed on the incident. 

Hall said there were more questions than answers at this point about the shooting. 

Authorities didn't explain why the officer fired her weapon at Jean, or whether the officer may have mistaken him for an intruder. According to police, the officer returned home while still in uniform after her shift when she called dispatch that she had shot a man. She later told officers who responded to the call, that she believed Jean's apartment was her own. 

Resident of the apartment complex access their units through the use of a regular key, or through a keypad code. 

The officer, who was not hurt in the incident, has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated by the Dallas County district attorney's office. 

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