Botham Shem Jean, the 26-year-old Dallas resident killed by an off-duty Dallas police officer last week, will be memorialized Thursday at noon.
Jean was at home inside his apartment at the South Side Flats on Sept. 6 when, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, 30-year-old officer Amber Guyger entered his apartment believing it to be her own.
Guyger, who lives in the apartment beneath Jean, was returning home after a 15-hour shift with the Dallas Police Department when she, according to the arrest warrant affidavit, parked on the wrong floor. That mistake then led Guyger to enter the building on the wrong floor — each parking level corresponds to the level where each resident lives — and consequently entered the wrong apartment.
The affidavit said that when Guyger approached what she thought was her front door, the force of pushing her key into the lock opened the door — which was slightly ajar. After entering the darkened apartment, Guyger told investigators she saw a silhouette move through the room and, believing she was being robbed, drew her weapon. Guyger said she gave commands that were ignored before firing, striking Jean twice according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Only after beginning to provide first aid, while on the phone with 911, did Guyger realize she’d entered the wrong apartment, according to the affidavit.
Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics arrived and transported Jean to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Source: NBC DFW