Published: Sat, September 08, 2018

Officer Opens Wrong Door; a Tragedy Results

Officer Opens Wrong Door; a Tragedy Results

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.

Dallas authorities say the uniformed officer was "confronted" by Jean, pulled her gun on him and fired.

The 26-year-old Jean was an immigrant from the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia.

The victim was identified as Botham Shem Jean by the Dallas County Medical Examiner, local media reported on Friday morning.

A blood sample was drawn from the officer to test for alcohol and drugs.

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

Jean, originally from the island of St. Lucia, came to the U.S. to study at the Christian Harding University in Arkansas, per NBC, where he is remembered as "always friendly, always smiling".

Police believed, based on the circumstances, that they were investigating an officer involved shooting.

Right now there are more questions than answers. The apartment complex is just a few blocks from Dallas' police headquarters.


Sgt Mitchell did not comment on whether the officer had mistaken Jean as an intruder when she shot him. Jean, who was black, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Chief Hall said she has been in contact with Jean's family and offered her condolences. "We understand the concerns of this community, and that is why we are working as vigorously and as meticulously as we can to ensure the integrity of this case".

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

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

According to the victim's Facebook page, Jean studied accounting at Harding University in Arkansas.

Jean was a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The shooting is now under investigation by the Texas Rangers and the Dallas District Attorney's Office.

Authorities said the officer was off-duty but still in uniform at the time of the shooting at 1210 S. Lamar St.in Dallas, at a building marketed as South Side Flats.

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