Dallas cop enters wrong apartment, shoots neighbour dead

Botham Shem Jean 26 was shot dead in his home by a Dallas police officer Thursday night

Botham Shem Jean 26 was shot dead in his home by a Dallas police officer Thursday night

On Thursday evening, September 6, a Dallas police officer was going home after her shift, when she walked into the wrong apartment and shot the man inside.

"We were dealing with what appears to be a very unique situation", Hall said at a Friday press conference, according to The New York Times.

"The officer was in full uniform and just finished working a full shift", Dallas Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said. Police say the officer explained that she had mistakenly entered Jean's home, thinking it was hers. She will be placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation.

"We have reassured them that we are working diligently and that we have invited an outside agency to investigate this", she said. Brandt and his father Bertram said they will go Saturday.

So far this year, at least 694 people have been shot and killed by police, according to a Washington Post database on police-involved shootings. Officials would not answer questions as to how the mixup happened, or how the officer got inside someone else's apartment.

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The victim was treated on scene and taken to hospital, where he later died. He's also the first on-duty Texas officer since 1973 to be "convicted of killing someone in a shooting", the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

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She said the officer's blood was being tested for drugs and alcohol as part of their investigation.

"This is a bad tragedy", Jean's employer said. He was the son of former Permanent Secretary Allison Jean and Bertram Jean.

Jean worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, an worldwide company that does assurance, tax and advisory work for companies around the world.

It's not clear how the officer entered the wrong apartment nor is her race known.

Botham Shem attended private Christian institution Hardin University, where he actively participated in the campus ministry and was a member of the Good News Singers.

Jean was once asked to lead a college chapel service with an hymn that was unfamiliar to him, Harding University President Bruce McLarty recalled in a statement Friday.

Hall expressed her condolences to Jean's family. She said he graduated from Harding University in 2016, and then remained in the United States after landing an internship in Dallas.

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