Man fatally shot by officer in wrong apartment celebrated by alma mater

Police issued a news release today saying the shooting happened Thursday night.

The officer called dispatch to report that she had shot the man, police said.

"The entire Harding family grieves today for the loss of Botham Jean, who has meant so very much to us", Harding University said in a statement.

A Dallas Police Department officer shot and killed a 26-year-old man late Thursday after she entered his apartment in the Cedars believing it was her own, DPD said early Friday morning.

She says she spoke with Jean's sister to officer condolences to the family. He graduated with a degree in accounting from the Harding University in Arkansas in 2016 and stayed in the USA after getting an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, where he worked in the risk assurance department, as per the NBC News report. A blood sample was drawn to test the officer for drugs or alcohol.

Jean was the first son of Alison Jean, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, and Bertram Jean, a supervisor at WASCO, a water and sewer company on St. Lucia, according to the St. Lucia Times. Hall said it became clear in the beginning of the investigation that the case was not a standard officer-involved shooting.

"We have also invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent 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. "And then she reported to responding officers that when she came home she entered into the victim's apartment believing it was her own apartment".

Sergeant Warren Mitchell said at a news conference Friday morning that they have yet to interview the officer and acknowledged there are many questions about what happened that he could not answer.

He described himself on LinkedIn as a "young professional, engaged in developing a career built upon integrity, dedication and relationships, leveraging useful technologies to gain an understanding of and add value in a range (of) industries, striving towards leadership in my career, my community and society".

Botham Jean is seen leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017. On Facebook, Jean's uncle, Earl Jean, called Friday the worst day of his life. Allison said she didn't want to judge the woman who killed her son, but that the police department's vague explanations left her grappling for clarity and comfort. That July, he went to work for PwC in risk assurance.

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

  • Rogelio Becker