Dallas police say an officer returning home from work shot and killed a neighbor after she said she mistook his apartment for her own.
Authorities haven't released the identity of the officer, who allegedly entered the wrong apartment in her building around 10 p.m.
The case was initially being investigated as an officer-involved shooting, in part because the woman was still in uniform; now the department is trying to get a warrant for manslaughter, Hall said, adding that investigators took a blood sample from the officer to test for drugs and alcohol.
The uniformed officer returned to what she thought was her apartment after her shift and encountered Jean, Hall said.
The 26-year-old man who lived at the apartment, now identified as Botham Shem Jean, was shot at least once.
Police say the officer was not injured and will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Jean was a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, according to the Dallas News.
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The Dallas County District Attorney's Office will be involved in the investigation. But given what investigators now know about the case, they made a decision to pursue a manslaughter case, police said. When the circumstances "led us to another direction", she said the department invited the Texas Rangers to take over and conduct and independent investigation. Hall declined to identify the officer, who she confirmed is Caucasian, until she is formally charged.
"We were dealing with what appears to be a very unique situation", Hall said at a Friday press conference, according to The New York Times. "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.
"My brother is my best friend", Jean's sister tells NBC.
"[He] led songs service at a number of local churches throughout the college town where we went to school", the user said. "Every door for each apartment is also numbered". She said he graduated from Harding University in 2016, and then remained in the United States after landing an internship in Dallas.
Earl Jean, believed to be his uncle, wrote: 'My heart goes with you my boy. never thought this day would come'.