Sunday 23 September, 2018

American police officer kills Saint Lucian in his own home

St Lucian Botham Shem Jean was fatally shot Thursday night in the Dallas, Texas after a Dallas police officer entered Jean's apartment thinking that she had entered her own.

Botham Shem Jean, 26, was the son of Mrs Allison Jean, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and Mr Bertram Jean, Stores Supervisor at WASCO.

He was also the nephew of Mr Ignatius Jean, Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association Inc. (CAWASA) and former government Minister and Parliamentarian.

According to the Associated Press, “A Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed a neighbor after she said she mistook his apartment for her own, police said Friday.

The officer called dispatch to report that she had shot the man Thursday night, police said. She told responding officers that she believed the victim's apartment was her own when she entered it.

The responding officers administered first aid to the victim, whom the Dallas County medical examiner's office identified as 26-year-old Botham Jean. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Police haven't released the name of the officer, who wasn't injured. She will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said.

Authorities haven't said how the officer got into Jean's home, or whether his door was open or unlocked.

At a Friday morning news conference, Sgt. Warren Mitchell acknowledged there are many questions about what happened that he couldn't answer.

"We still have a lot to do in this investigation. 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.

When asked if anyone else had witnessed the shooting, Warren replied, "We have not spoken to anyone else at this time."

Police said they are conducting a joint investigation with the Dallas County district attorney's office."

The deceased attended St Mary's College, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and Harding University in Arkansas, where he studied Accountancy and Management Information Systems.