Off-Duty Dallas Officer Shoots, Kills Man After Entering Wrong Apartment

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Just before 10 p.m., after finishing a full shift, the unnamed officer entered an apartment she mistakenly believed was her own at the South Side Flats at 1210 S. Lamar Street, according to a police news release.

St Lucian Botham Shem Jean was fatally shot Thursday night in the Dallas, Texas after a Dallas police officer entered Jean's apartment thinking that she had entered her own.

According to a police statement, the officer walked into the unit she believed belonged to her and saw Jean inside.

The victim was treated on scene and taken to hospital, where he later died.

The officer involved was not injured in the incident and was placed on administrative leave while the police department conducts a joint investigation with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. He was rushed to Baylor University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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

Police also know that she was at the wrong apartment.

It's not clear what the off-duty officer may have said to 26-year-old Botham Jean late Thursday or whether there was any interaction between the two before Jean was shot, police Chief U. Renee Hall said during a news conference.

Authorities say the officer called dispatch to report the shooting.

"We have reassured them that we are working diligently and that we have invited an outside agency to investigate this", she said.

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When asked if anyone else had witnessed the shooting, Warren replied, 'We have not spoken to anyone else at this time'.

"We still have a lot to do in this investigation", he told reporters, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The St. Lucia Times, a newspaper published on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, said Jean was the son of a former permanent secretary of that island nation.

The woman is now "too scared to call police" in the event of an emergency because she's afraid the encounter will end in a tragedy, she said.

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