Chief Backtracks On Getting Warrant For Cop At Wrong Apartment Who Shot Man

Chief Hall says that they are no longer getting a warrant for the officer who shot Botham Jean.

Dallas, TX – The Dallas Police Chief is walking back on her Friday comments that a warrant was being issued for the officer who fatally shot a man she mistakenly believed was in her apartment on Thursday night.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall initially made the announcement that they were getting a warrant, just minutes after the case had been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers requested that the warrant not be issued until they actually had a chance to investigate.

The shooting occurred after 10 p.m. on Sept. 6, as the officer returned home to her apartment in the Southside Flats apartment complex, in the 1200-block of South Lamar, after working a full shift, KTVT reported.

Investigators said that the officer had just gotten off-duty and was still in uniform.

A Dallas police officer told KXAS-TV that the officer had just finished spending 14 hours serving warrants in high crime areas when she took the apartment elevator to the wrong floor.

She then tried to unlock an apartment door which she thought was hers, but the key didn't work. As she was struggling with the key, 26-year-old Botham Jean opened the door to the apartment wearing only his underwear.

Believing that she was dealing with an intruder in her apartment, the officer shot him.

Chief Hall held a press conference on Friday afternoon “clear up inconsistencies” that were being reported about the incident, and to announce that her department was seeking a warrant for the officer’s arrest.

However, the chief indicated at the time that the investigation had just been turned over to the Texas Rangers, and that the Rangers had not yet begun investigating.

“We have also invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation," Chief Hall told reporters. “They have just arrived a moment ago and they are currently being briefed.”

A reporter asked the chief if her department was also investigating the incident, and she complimented her agency’s detectives but said it was entirely in the hands of the Texas Rangers.

"Right now there are more questions than we have answers," Chief Hall told reporters.

"Last night, a female Dallas police officer returned to what she believed to be her apartment after her shift ended - she was still in uniform when she encountered Mr. Jean in the apartment," the chief explained.

“It’s not clear what interaction was between them… but at some point, she fired her weapon, striking the victim,” she said.

The chief said the officer immediately called 911, and that police responded to the apartment complex in about four minutes.

Jean was transported to the hospital by ambulance where he later died, she said.

"At the very early stages of this investigation - initial indications were that we were dealing with an officer-involved shooting. However, as we continued this investigation it became clear that we were dealing with what appears to be much of a very unique situation,” Chief Hall said, without offering any additional details of the incident. “Therefore, we have ceased handling it under our normal officer-involved shooting protocol.

The chief said her department was seeking a warrant for manslaughter “based on what we know right now.”

"A blood sample was drawn to test the officer’s level for drugs or alcohol, and at my request, we are in the process of obtaining a warrant based on the circumstances that we have right now,” Chief Hall said.

The chief refused to provide the officer’s name but did tell reporters that she was a Caucasian female who worked as a patrol officer. She said the officer had not yet been questioned.

“We will release the officer’s name once she has been officially charged,” the chief said.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office will also be involved in the investigation, KTVT reported.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@BurgessKrell Since you're so keen on all the details, the murderer's name is Amber Guyger.

I find it funny that it took so long for her name and picture to be released, but it's coming out that she had ties to some questionable people that are suspiciously connected to white supremacy. Her social media and those of her closest friends and relatives have all been scrubbed or made private.

Further, her police precinct is across the street from the apartment complex. She was off-duty, so why was she wearing her uniform?

Also, here is a video of what happens when you try to enter an apartment that your key does not open.

Lastly, I wonder what this guy in her picture is doing with his hands?

I ain't sayin. I'm just sayin.

RetNCPD
RetNCPD

This is definitely a tragic mistake. However, there is information missing. What prompted her to shoot the man vs arresting him for burglary? Did he act aggressive toward her because he was pissed? Rightfully so. Did he go to grab her? Doubtful because she was in uniform. What caused her to immediately shoot him? If there aren't any mitigating reasons, and there definitely can be, then she was too quick on the gun. A full investigation will determine what happened and she will need to articulate why she shot an unarmed man. OR was he unarmed when he answered the door? Maybe not. Then it would be justified. A mistake but justified.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Sounds like the railroad train is approaching the crossing.....

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

Why is the officer's race and gender so important that those items were disclosed?

Katarina
Katarina

14 hour shift? How often are these officers expected to perform perfectly after these kinds of shifts? How long since her last shift? How long was that shift? Was this extra time voluntary or mandated? I'm not excusing the tragety of this gentleman being shot for answering his own door. There are also a LOT of questions about the officer's fatigue. A lot of investigation to be done before blame can be assigned. My sincere condolences to the victim's family. May he RIP.

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