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Dallas PD Officer Enters Her Neighbor's Apartment, Fatally Shoots Man

Uniformed, off-duty officer called police, saying she shot a man after she entered a neighbor's apartment by mistake
Botham Shem Jean, 26, was transported to a hospital where he died
Police issue manslaughter warrant against officer; Chief says blood will be drawn from officer to test for drugs/alcohol.

At some point during the interaction between Jean and the officer, she fired her weapon, hitting him, police said.

The officer then called 911 to report an officer-involved shooting minutes later, Hall said, officers and EMS with Dallas Fire-Rescue arrived and began to treat the victim. Jean was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

In an interview from New York Friday, Allison Jean, Botham's mother, questioned how someone could walk into an apartment and not know they were in someone else's home. "Somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment. He's a bachelor. Things are different inside," Jean said. "I don't want to judge her. We are Christians. We forgive. But I need to look into her eyes and ask her why did she do that to my son. She took away my heart. My soul. He didn't deserve to die. The explanation does not make sense."

Resident Tomiya Melvin said the hallways in the building all look the same so it could be a simple misunderstanding, but that, of course, she never expected anything like this to happen.

A manslaughter warrant is expected to be issued for the white female officer. Dallas Chief of Police U. Renee Hall announced the warrant during a news conference early Friday afternoon and added that a blood sample will be drawn from the officer to test for drugs and/or alcohol.
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By Brian Roth and Frank Heinz
Published at 4:17 AM CDT on Sep 7, 2018 | Updated 37 minutes ago

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Uniformed, off-duty officer called police, saying she shot a man after she entered a neighbor's apartment by mistake
Botham Shem Jean, 26, transported to a hospital where he died
Police issue manslaughter warrant against officer; Chief says blood will be drawn from officer to test for drugs/alcohol.

A manslaughter warrant is expected to be issued for a Dallas police officer who police say shot and killed a man after entering an apartment unit she believed was her own Thursday night.

Dallas Chief of Police U. Renee Hall announced the warrant during a news conference early Friday afternoon and added that a blood sample will be drawn from the officer to test for drugs and/or alcohol.

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"Right now there are more questions than we have as answers," Hall said.

Police haven't released the identity of the officer, though they did confirm she's a white female. The officer is not in police custody and Hall said Friday afternoon she wasn't sure of the officer's current location.

Allison Jean and her son, Botham Jean.
Photo credit: Jean Family

Hall said police were notified of an officer-involved shooting at the South Side Flats just before 10 p.m. Thursday -- the apartment building is about one block away from the Dallas Police Department Headquarters south of downtown.

Hall said as the investigation unfolded the details of the incident created "a very unique situation." When pressed for details, Hall declined to elaborate.

Hall said given the direction of the investigation, the Dallas Police Department ceased normal protocol for investigating officer-involved shootings and, in the interest of transparency, has invited the Texas Rangers to join the investigation.

Earlier in the morning, Dallas Sgt. Warren Mitchell said the officer was heading home after working a full shift when she mistakenly entered a neighbor's apartment and was confronted by a man, identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean.

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At some point during the interaction between Jean and the officer, she fired her weapon, hitting him, police said.

The officer then called 911 to report an officer-involved shooting -- minutes later, Hall said, officers and EMS with Dallas Fire-Rescue arrived and began to treat the victim. Jean was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Hall said Friday afternoon the nature of the interaction between the officer and Jean was unclear and the department has not issued an official statement on what took place.

A Dallas police officer, who spoke with NBC 5 under the condition of anonymity, said the female officer was assigned to the department's elite Crime Response Team and had just finished a 14-hour shift serving warrants in high-crime areas. When she arrived home, she took the elevator to the 14th floor, though her apartment is on the 13th floor. She then went to what she thought was her door, put the key in and struggled with the lock. She then put down several things she was holding and continued to fight with the key when the resident swung open the door and startled her. The officer believed Jean, who was wearing only underwear, was an intruder and shot him with her service weapon. It wasn't until police and rescue units began arriving that she realized she was not at her apartment. Once realizing her deadly mistake, she became emotional and fully cooperated with officers, including offering to provide blood samples.

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In an interview from New York Friday, Allison Jean, Botham's mother, questioned how someone could walk into an apartment and not know they were in someone else's home.

"Somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment. He's a bachelor. Things are different inside," Jean said. "I don't want to judge her. We are Christians. We forgive. But I need to look into her eyes and ask her why did she do that to my son. She took away my heart. My soul. He didn't deserve to die. The explanation does not make sense."

Resident Tomiya Melvin said the hallways in the building all look the same so it could be a simple misunderstanding, but that, of course, she never expected anything like this to happen.

"It's more than a tragedy because that person is gone forever and this is going to be forever in that person's [officer's] mind and be embedded," Melvin said.

Photo credit: Jean Family

Many residents told NBC 5 they chose to live at the complex because they believed it was safe. They said keyfobs are needed to access each floor but that doors do not automatically lock when closed.

Jean's mother, who is from St. Lucia but was visiting New York this week, will travel to Dallas Friday night, but won't arrive in time to attend a vigil organized by Mothers Against Police Brutality. The vigil is expected to begin at 7 p.m. outside Dallas Police Headquarters.

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NBC 5's Jack Douglas, Jack Highberger and Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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