Published: Sat, September 08, 2018

Dallas officer mistakes apartment for own and shoots dead her neighbor, 26

Dallas officer mistakes apartment for own and shoots dead her neighbor, 26

A police officer in Dallas fatally shot a man after mistakenly entering his apartment, thinking it was her own residence, police said.

The officer who is a five year veteran, according to sources was going home after a 12- hour shift when she walked into the wrong apartment and shot the man inside.

The officer called police dispatch for help, and the responding officers administered aid to the man at the scene He was then taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

She told responding officers that she "entered the victim's apartment believing that it was her own" and at some point "fired her weapon striking the victim", police said in the statement.

The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean. "Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death".

Police say the officer was not injured and will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

"I won't go into that information right now", Sgt. Warren Mitchell told reporters during a news conference. She also said the Texas Rangers will conduct an independent investigation.


The officer involved in the incident was the one who reported the shooting.

'We still have a lot to do in this investigation, ' he said.

Residents of the apartment complex said they can access their units with a key or through a keypad code.

"It was, like, police talk: 'Open up!"

Yazmine Hernandez, 20, was studying with Simpson when they heard the commotion.

Investigators are still working to piece together the events leading up to the shooting that claimed the life of Jean, a St. Lucia native and employee at PricewaterhouseCoopers' risk assurance department. She called 911 afterward, police said.

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