Manslaughter Warrant Issued for Officer Who Killed Botham Jean

Marsha Scott
September 12, 2018

Dallas' police chief, U. Renee Hall, said Friday that her department was seeking to charge the officer with manslaughter. He was taken to the hospital and died a short time later.

Police say the officer, who has not yet been publicly identified, arrived at the downtown apartment complex after working her normal police shift and was still in full uniform upon entering the victim's apartment, which she thought was her own. She couldn't even say where the woman was, or whether she was in custody.

Jean graduated from Harding University in 2016, and he is remembered by classmates as a friendly, "all around great person" who always had a smile on his face. According to police, they have drawn a blood sample from the officer to test for drugs and alcohol and are in the process of obtaining a warrant.

Chief Hall said she has been in contact with Jean's family and offered her condolences.

"At the very early stages of this investigation - initial indications were that they were what we consider circumstances of an officer-involved shooting". She lives in St. Lucia. Hall said it became clear in the beginning of the investigation that the case was not a standard officer-involved shooting.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office is investigating the incident and the Texas Rangers will be conducting a parallel investigation, Hall said.

Bruce McLarty, the university's president, said Friday that he recalled when he asked Jean in 2014 to sing a hymn at a major event at Harding, which is associated with the Churches of Christ.

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The victim's mother is struggling to understand how the officer couldn't have noticed she wasn't in her own apartment, NBC News reported.

Family and friends described Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer.

"We heard cops yelling, but otherwise had no idea what was going on", Hernandez said. Jean agreed but later confessed that he had said yes without actually knowing the song.

Jean moved to Dallas after college. PricewaterhouseCoopers spokeswoman Megan DiSciullo told Reuters that Jean had worked in the company's Dallas office for two years. He was listed on LinkedIn as a risk assurance experienced associate.

"This is a bad tragedy", the professional services and auditing firm said via Twitter.

"Knowing Botham, I can just imagine him looking into the peephole, seeing the police officer and opening the door because he did no one wrong", his mother Allison Jean told NBC News.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Warren Mitchell refused to comment on whether the officer mistook him for an intruder.

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