By Caribbean News Now contributor
DALLAS, USA — A 26 year-old St Lucian national and Dallas, Texas, resident, Botham Shem Jean was shot and killed around 10:00 pm on Thursday night in his own home, by a female Dallas police officer. The officer told investigators that she returned home from her shift and entered the wrong apartment in her building.
Dallas police department issued a statement on Friday saying that the officer called for help and told responding officers “she entered the victim’s apartment believing that it was her own.”
Dallas police said the officer was in full uniform and “fired her weapon, striking the victim, who was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead”.
No details were released as to how the officer mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment.
Unusually, Jean’s name was released to the public when the police at the same time stated that the next of kin notification had not been made.
Jean came to the US to study accounting at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He also studied at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Saint Lucia before migrating to the US. At the time of his death, he worked in Dallas as a risk assurance associate for accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Dallas police said on Friday they are seeking a warrant for manslaughter charges against the female officer
Police Chief Reneé Hall said a blood sample was drawn at her request to test the officer’s drug and alcohol levels and “we are in the process of obtaining a warrant based on the circumstances.”
She said at a news conference that the Texas Rangers were launching an independent investigation. Investigators are “working as vigorously and meticulously as we can to ensure the integrity of this case and ensure the integrity of the department is upheld,” Hall said.
She said the officer, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, would be identified pending any charges.
Hall did not say why the officer opened fire and declined to discuss what she may have been doing before she returned home after working a full shift on Thursday.