An unidentified Dallas cop shot Botham Shem Jean after entering his apartment Thursday night, believing it was her own.
An unidentified Dallas cop shot Botham Shem Jean after entering his apartment Thursday night, believing it was her own.
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Man Shot, Killed by Off-Duty Dallas Cop Who Walked Into the Wrong Apartment

UPDATE 1:40 P.M.: Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall has requested a manslaughter warrant for the officer who shot Botham Shem Jean, she said Friday afternoon. The officer's name will be released once she is officially charged.

After the officer shot Jean, police showed up to the apartment in four minutes.

"We thought we were investigating an officer-involved shooting and we handled it accordingly," Hall said.

The officer is white. Jean was black.

Once it became apparent that the officer was off duty, DPD stopped treating it under its officer-involved shooting rules, leading Hall to request a warrant.

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

Because of the unique circumstances of the killing, the Texas Rangers will conduct an independent investigation into Jean's death.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Dallas Police Department officer shot and killed a 26-year-old man late Thursday after she entered his apartment in the Cedars believing it was her own, DPD said early Friday morning.

According to DPD media relations Sgt. Warren Mitchell, the officer, who has yet to be identified, had just returned to her apartment complex just blocks from Dallas police headquarters. She was in uniform and had just completed a "full shift," according to DPD.

After entering Botham Shem Jean's apartment, the officer shot him at least once. Responding police officers unsuccessfully tried to save Jean's life.

At an early morning press conference, Mitchell refused to answer questions about what may have led up to the shooting.

"I won't go into that information right now," Mitchell said. "We have not interviewed [the officer].

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office is helping DPD with the investigation, Mitchell said. The officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Jean was a native of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia and the son of the island's former permanent secretary, according to Friday morning post from the St. Lucia Times. On Facebook, Jean's uncle, Earl Jean, called Friday the worst day of his life.

"My heart goes with you my boy ... never thought this day would come, wanted to be there for you always my boy ... how can this nasty world take you away from me .... this is the worst day of my life thus far ... uncle loves you so much  ... there goes Mr. Botham Shem Jean .... I am lost for words ... part of me has left! Gone with the Angel's .... lord keep me sane," Jean said. 

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