A Dallas police officer thought there was an intruder in her apartment so she shot the unwanted “guest.” It turns out, however, she was the one invading someone else’s home.
The fatal mistake happened at the South Side Flats, about a mere block from the Dallas Police Department Headquarters.
The officer involved in the tragic, albeit accidental crime, was not herself and not thinking clearly after having worked a full shift. Dallas Sgt. Warren Mitchell said in a news conference that the officer walked into an apartment unit she mistook as her own.
After entering the unit, the weary officer was confronted by a 26-year-old man. It is not clear if the two had an argument. It is also not as clear if the officer bothered to look around the unit’s surroundings to determine if it was her residence.
The officer fired her weapon and hit the man.
The victim has been identified as Botham Shem Jean.
Sergeant Mitchell said that officers responded to the scene and started to treat the victim before bringing him to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. It is not clear who called to report the emergency.
The officer involved did not incur any injuries. Authorities decided not to release her identity yet.
A large Dallas police presence was at the apartment overnight and stayed into Friday morning as the department's special investigation unit processed the scene.
The Dallas District Attorney's Office has also joined the investigation into the shooting.
It is not clear if the victim’s family has been informed of his unfortunate death over such an incredulous mistake by the officer. It is not clear yet if cases will be filed against the officer, although it is likely that the family will have a case in their hands should they pursue legal liabilities against the concerned officer.