Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

Police have not said if the officer fired because she thought the man was an intruder in her home or if she had another reason.

Two women who live on the second floor near where the shooting happened said they heard a lot of noise late Thursday.

"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, who is white and has not been identified by police, though she was entering her own apartment when she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean, who is black, police said, according to a report by CBS News.

The victim was treated on scene and taken to hospital, where he later died.

The police department is no longer handling it with their normal officer involved shooting procedures. Officials would not answer questions as to how the mixup happened, or how the officer got inside someone else's apartment. Hall declined to identify the officer, who she confirmed is Caucasian, until she is formally charged.

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The Dallas police chief says it remains unclear whether there were any words exchanged or any other interaction between a police officer and her neighbor before she fatally shot him in his home.

Reporters pressed the police chief about the officer's mental state when she entered the apartment at 1210 S. Lamar Dallas - was she worn out, or under the influence? - but Hall did not want to speculate.

The officer had arrived at Jean's apartment complex after working a full shift and was still dressed in her uniform. A blood sample was drawn to test the officer for drugs or alcohol. "Open up!'" Caitlin Simpson, 20, told the newspaper.

The Dallas Police Department and the District Attorney's Office are conducting a joint investigation. "Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death", the company said in a statement.

Botham Jean's sister, Allisa Charles-Findley, wrote on Facebook that she'd recently been thinking about what to buy her "baby brother" for his 27th birthday later this month.

"And if you try your key and it doesn't work, that should make you realize you're at the wrong apartment".

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