This March 24, 2014, photo provided by Harding University in Search, Ark., let Botham Jean, speaking at the university. The authorities said Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, that a Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed Jean, a neighbor after they said they mistook his apartment for her own. The officer called dispatch to report that she had shot the man Thursday night, police said. She told responding officers that she believed the victim’s apartment was her own when she came in. (Jeff Montgmery/Harding University via AP)
DALLAS – Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed a neighbor after they said they mistook his apartment for her own, authorities said Friday.
The officer called dispatch to report that she had shot the man Thursday night, police said. She told responding officers that she believed the victim’s apartment was her own when she came in.
The responding officers administered first aid to the victim, who the Dallas County medical examiner’s office identified as 26-year-old Botham Jean, hails from the Caribbean island country of St. Lucia, who attended college in Arkansas and worked for accounting and consulting firm PwC. Jean, who was black, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
The police have not yet released the name or race of the officer, who had arrived home in uniform and who was not injured. They will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.
The authorities have not said how the officer got in Jean’s home, or that his door was open or unlocked. The apartment complex is located just a few blocks from the Dallas’ police headquarters.
At a Friday morning press conference, Sgt. Warren Mitchell acknowledged, there are a lot of questions about what happened that he could not answer.
“We still have a lot to do in this research. So there is a lot of information, I understand you want, but this is all we can give you at this time,” Mitchell said.
When asked if anyone else had witnessed the shooting, Warren said: “We have not spoken with anyone else at this time.”
Residents of the apartment complex said that they can access their units with a normal key or by means of a keyboard code.
Two women who live on the second floor near where the shooting happened said they heard a lot of noise late Thursday.
“It was, like, police talk:” Open up! Open up!'” The 20-year-old Caitlin Simpson told The Dallas Morning News.
Yazmine Hernandez, 20, was studying with Simpson when they heard the commotion.
“We heard the agents screaming, but otherwise had no idea what was going on,” Hernandez said.
Jean grew up in St. Lucia and was attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he often led campus worship services for his graduation, in 2016, the school said in a statement. That July, he went to work at PwC in risk assurance.
The police said that they are conducting a joint investigation with the Dallas County district attorney’s office.
Associated Press writers Jamie Stengle and David Warren contributed to this report.
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