Botham Shem Jean speaks at his alma mater, Harding University.
Botham Shem Jean speaks at his alma mater, Harding University.
courtesy Harding University

Texas Rangers Asked DPD To Hold Off on Warrant for Botham Jean Shooter, Chief Says

After initially seeking a manslaughter warrant for the off-duty Dallas Police Department officer who shot and killed Botham Shem Jean after she entered Jean's apartment, believing it was her own, DPD backed off, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said early Saturday afternoon.

"We were in the process of obtaining a warrant for the officer when we called the Texas Rangers in," Hall said. "We have since turned that investigation over to the Texas Rangers because we truly want to be transparent."

Having been handed the reins to the investigation, the Rangers interviewed the officer, Hall said. 

Demonstrators protest the death of Botham Shem Jean at Dallas police headquarters Friday night.EXPAND
Demonstrators protest the death of Botham Shem Jean at Dallas police headquarters Friday night.
Brian Maschino

"Based on that interview," Hall said, "they asked us to hold off on the warrant until they had an opportunity to investigate some of the information that was provided during that interview."

Hall didn't elaborate on what that information might have been and said she couldn't provide any additional information about the circumstances that led up to the shooting, or any potential relationship between Jean and the woman who killed him.

"We are totally committed to getting to the bottom of this situation," Hall said. "This is a tragedy. Regardless of the circumstances, this is a tragedy on both sides."

Earlier Saturday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings publicly addressed Jean's shooting for the first time.

“Botham Jean was exactly the sort of citizen we want to have in the city of Dallas,” Rawlings said. “A believer in his church, a neighbor to his friends. A man that always had a smile on his face. And for that reason, this is a terrible, terrible thing that has happened. Not only has he lost his life, but we’ve lost a potential leader for this city.”

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