(FoxNews) – A Dallas police officer returning home from work fatally shot a neighbour on Thursday after she mistook his apartment for her own, police said.
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall on Friday revealed the department’s intent to charge the officer with manslaughter based on available information.
The officer had arrived at her apartment complex in uniform after working a shift, the Dallas Police Department said in an earlier news release. She called dispatch to report the shooting and told responding officers she believed the victim’s apartment was her own when she entered it.
It was not immediately clear how the officer got inside the apartment or what led to the shooting.
The victim was identified as Botham Shem Jean, 26, FOX 4 News reported. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Harding University, a private university in Searcy, Arkansas, said Jean was a native of the Caribbean country St. Lucia and often led worship services at the school’s campus. He graduated from the school in 2016. Since then, he’s been working in risk assurance for accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, the school said.
Jean’s mother, Allie, questioned how the deadly mix-up occurred.
“Somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment,” Allie Jean told NBC News. “He’s a bachelor. Things are different inside.”