Police: Dallas officer mistakes apartment for own, kills man
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed a neighbor after she said she mistook his apartment for her own, authorities said today.
The officer called dispatch to report she had shot the man Thursday night, police said. She told responding officers she believed the victim's apartment was her own when she entered it.
The responding officers administered first aid to the victim, whom the Dallas County medical examiner's office identified as 26-year-old Botham Jean, a native of 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.
Police haven't released the name or race of the officer, who had arrived home in-uniform and who wasn't injured. She will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.
Authorities haven't said how the officer got into Jean's home, or whether his door was open or unlocked. The apartment complex is just a few blocks from Dallas' police headquarters.
At a morning news conference, Sgt. Warren Mitchell acknowledged there are many questions about what happened that he couldn't answer.
"We still have a lot to do in this investigation. So there's a lot of information I understand you guys want but this is all we can give you at this time," Mitchell said.
When asked if anyone else had witnessed the shooting, Warren replied, "We have not spoken to anyone else at this time."